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smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 9:15 PM

GROUND RULES?

One member in particular was a bit worried about the group getting into arguments about religion, or being in an atmosphere where we try to change each other....wasn't sure if she was the only one but we both thought it might be a good idea to talk about some ground rules for the group. Any ideas? I thought Salzypat's post in the Salty Dog about summed it up for me:

"The goal is not to ridicule or try to change anyone's beliefs but to simply share where each one of us is in our journey of faith and to perhaps examine others' beliefs to see how that compares or fits in with our beliefs. It's to be nonjudgmental and nondenominational."

I understand that this hasn't really been a problem yet, but where one member is worried I'm sure there'll be more. In another group that I belong to that can be very political, we pretty much just agreed to disagree on controversial matters, and this seemed to work out okay for us. I think most of us were only there to learn or to try to change ourselves anyways. Anyone else here have practical experience or suggestions in this realm that might be useful? Thanks ahead of time.....


jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 9:49 PM

You are our moderator, right? I think you should feel free to at least PM us if you feel we're doing/saying something out of line.

I think of all books we could choose to discuss, there couldn't be one more controversial or with more varying opinions about it. The scholars who dedicate their lives to studying the scrolls and original languages, etc., don't even agree about lots of verses in the Bible, so it stands to reason that we are going to be coming to this table with different ideas and opinions.

Two people can read one passage and get two totally different levels of ideas from it.

I foresee this group being very different from others, though. I would love for us to feel safe as we share our ideas, no matter how we differ, with a standing foundation of agreeing to disagree when we do.

And especially in this group, most of us are going to be aware that only God does any real changing of our hearts or revealing to us when we need to learn something we're wrong about..

I'm particularly looking forward to this being a lot of fun!

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 11th Jan '09 10:14 PM

I'm glad you said something....I really hadn't even thought about PM's. I like that idea, I'm pretty sure we can be our own moderators through PM's if somebody says or does something to upset or offend. I guess in a very extreme episode an editor could step in and terminate an account, but I really don't see that happening here with this bunch, everybody seems pretty cool so far.

I too am looking forward to the group, on a certain level it's a bit "experimental" for me. In the Church I go to right now of course we all think similarly to each other, so major disagreements don't really occur, it's not something that generally gets faced. This situation where we all have different backgrounds and ideas is going to be very different, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all works out. Anyway, I hope we can work out our differences well so that everyone feels comfortable being different on a controversial topic such as this one. I hope the worries that may or may not be present among new members or current members will fade away once we've been doing it for awhile......

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 6:44 PM

I think everyone can express an opinion and still respect differing views. I'm not interested in nit-picking, but I am interested in: "What do you think this passage means"? In other words...a discussion.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 10:03 PM

I fear you may have worries about me. My political views and discussion in Salty were very different from any discussion I will have in here.

I hope as the days/weeks/months go by, you guys can relax and trust me that in no way will I do anything to make you feel uncomfortable with your beliefs and views.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Mon, 12th Jan '09 10:49 PM

No worries from me, Jank. It's all good.


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