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Guest COVID Safety Agreement

April 7, 2021

Summer 2021

World Fellowship Center

Guest COVID Safety Agreement

 

The well-being and safety of all WFC guests, staff members and volunteers is of primary importance to us. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you and all adult members of your party print out, review and sign this contract and bring it with you.

 

Before traveling to World Fellowship, please confirm these statements. If you answer “yes” to any, please stay home.

❖I do not currently have a temperature over 100 degrees, nor have I had one in the past 48 hours.

❖I do not currently have, nor have I had in the past 48 hours, other potential symptoms of COVID-19, such as Fever, Dry Cough, Shortness of Breath, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, Bluish lips or face.

❖I have not taken medications to lower my temperature.

❖There is no one in my household who has COVID-19.

 

Upon arrival at the Lloyd Lodge guest parking lot call the office phone number (603-447-2280) for instructions on checking in. Please bring with you the signed agreement(s) and waiver(s). Signing this and being at WFC this summer constitutes a commitment to follow the following rules:

❖Safe physical distancing is required with anyone with whom you are not podded. We define that as 8 (eight) feet between your mouth and their mouth. To be clear, that means non-podded people cannot get close enough to pass items directly between them.

❖For both staff and guests, masks completely covering mouth and nose are required everywhere inside buildings except when they are in their own guest Pod Zone or staff room.

❖Outside, everyone should carry a mask with them at all times, ready to don it in the following situations:

-In an extended conversation (with one or more non-podmates) that has potential to move closer than eight feet.

-When passing non-podmates on a trail or walkway.

❖Immediate disclosure to the WFC office of COVID symptoms and/or knowledge of possible infection is required.

 

By signing below, I agree to comply with these World Fellowship Center COVID policies and others that may arise due to changing conditions. I understand that based on continually changing mandates surrounding COVID-19, WFC may adapt and adjust these policies as deemed necessary or as legally required to do so. I understand that failure to follow them may result in denial of entry or a request to leave the premises. I acknowledge and fully assume the risk of illness or death related to COVID-19 arising from my being on the premises and hereby RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE (on behalf of myself and any minor children for whom I have the capacity to contract) The NH World Fellowship Center, Inc., trustees, agents, employees and assigns (the “RELEASEES”) from any liability related to COVID-19 which might occur as a result my being on the premises.

Guest Signature:_______________________________________

Date: _______________

Guest Name:_____________________________________________

WFC Authorized Representative:____________________________

Community Gathering

February 12, 2021

And evening of stories, song, and conversation. Click here to watch recording.

What The World Needs: A Circle of “Active Disenchanters”

October 28, 2020

-Andy Davis

 

Saturday, November 14 at 3pm Andy is moderating an on-line panel on “Using Storytelling for Social Justice” (https://www.nestorytelling.org/using-storytelling-for-social-justice/). What follows are his ruminations on framing that discussion, which will run as a guest blog on the Northeast Storytelling website in early November.

 

In times like these it seems inevitable for creatively engaged humans to look inward, to scrutinize why we do what we do. Are the tools I wield and the ends I pursue what the world needs right now?

 

The 20th century theologian Howard Thurman said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” I’ve wrestled with that quote. I love it, but…but how can we not ask what the world needs? Thurman was a wise and strategic civil rights activist. He was one of those most responsible for bringing Gandhian nonviolence to the Black Freedom Movement in this country. He can’t really have meant for us not to ask what the world needs, can he?

 

Remembering that he was a theologian helps break the cipher. By “what makes you come alive,” he was getting at what most connects you to the “Life Force” in capital letters, the generative power at the heart of all we know. If storytelling is what makes you come alive, you might resonate with our ancestor Brother Blue’s response when asked once to define storytelling. He said “It’s God speaking to God about God.”

 

But we’re not talking here about solitary mysticism. Someone once said that the artist must draw out of their soul the correct image of the world, and use this image to band their brothers and sisters together. It’s about bringing our siblings into the circle.

 

But not just our contemporaries, even. Rhode Island teller Valerie Tutson has a seminal story that’s stuck with me for years about her student days at Brown. One of her professors was George Houston Bass, the playwright and director who also happened to be literary executor to Langston Hughes. During one class Professor Bass wanted to make a point about bringing the ancestors into the circle, so he pulled up another chair, carefully removed an urn from his bag, and gave it the empty seat: Langston Hughes’s mortal remains! The great poet eventually found a more settled resting place, in Harlem, beneath a cosmogram in the tiles of the polished terrazzo floor of the atrium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Another circle.

 

This week, I was rereading a chapter of Lewis Hyde’s Trickster Makes This World, and a phrase jumped out at me. He was referring to Frederick Douglass’s transformation from someone who was merely free and merely literate to the iconic, magic-making, transformational figure he became. Hyde writes that Douglass had to be willing to speak and write in public, which enabled him to become “the active disenchanter of his master’s world.”

 

“Active disenchanters.” That is what we can aspire to be. But we disenchant by weaving a different spell, enthralling our audiences with the possibility of centering the world on other values, those of our forebears, heroes personal, historical and folkloric. Values that center the earth and non-human creatures, and our children’s children’s children, who are waiting to take their part in the great eternal becoming.

 

Magic this powerful begins by tracing a circle, widening it, and drawing the people in.

 

Quote Of The Day

July 29, 2020

Our Virtues are wrapped inside of our limitations. It is only when we are in close proximity to others that we begin to intimately explore the boundaries of our virtues by slamming into our limitations.

 

-Resmaa Menakem

Quote of The Day

July 28, 2020

Our QOTD is from the text of fliers for the Silent Parade, which took place in NYC 103 years ago today to protest lynchings in Waco and Memphis and mass killings by white mobs in E. St. Louis.
:
“We march because by the Grace of God and the force of truth, the dangerous, hampering walls of prejudice and inhuman injustices must fall.
We march because we deem it a crime to be silent in the face of such barbaric acts.
We march because we want our children to live a better life and enjoy fairer conditions than have fallen to our lot.”

Quote Of The Day

July 25, 2020

Quote Of The Day

July 24, 2020

Justice is fundamentally a retrospective concept. It is critical to look at how people have been wronged if we want to look at how to make things right.”
–Dr. Joia Mukherjee,

Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health

Quote Of The Day

July 23, 2020

In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice, equality, and humanity. And so in a real sense our nation’s summers of riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay.

 

Martin Luther King Jr

Quote Of The Day

July 22, 2020


“The energy that was buried with the rise of the Christian nations must come back into the world; nothing can prevent it. Many of us, I think, both long to see this happen and are terrified of it, for though this transformation contains the hope of liberation, it also imposes a necessity for great change. But in order to deal with the untapped and dormant force of the previously subjugated, in order to survive as a human, moving, moral weight in the world, America and all the Western nations will be forced to reexamine themselves and release themselves from many things that are now taken to be sacred, and to discard nearly all the assumptions that have been used to justify their lives and their anguish and their crimes so long.”

Quote Of The Day

July 20, 2020

Gwendolyn Brooks

“Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies.
And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical disguise.”

― Gwendolyn Brooks

Quote Of The Day

July 18, 2020

“There’s a double standard to protest in America. Something is different for black people who should dare to ask questions, and further, for those who protest in blackness. Protest in and by black bodies is never deemed legitimate, never deemed worthy of engagement. It seems that we have simply have not earned our grievance, our grievance is illegitimate – we do not deserve sympathy or, ultimately, justice.”

“Protest is telling the truth in public. Sometimes protest is telling the truth to a public that isn’t quite ready to hear it. Protest is, in its own way, a storytelling. We use our bodies, our words, our art, and our sounds both to tell the truth about the pain that we endure and to demand the justice that we know is possible. It is meant to build and to force a response.”

― DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Quote Of The Day

July 17, 2020

I’ve always felt that even though a man was not a Christian, he still has to know the truth some way or another. Or if he was a Christian, he could know the truth. The truth itself doesn’t have any name on it to me. And each man has to find this for himself, I think.

 

-John Coltrane