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Since we ended the day yesterday with open space, I’d like to start today by opening with a warm up/creative activity.

10-1030am Bring 1-2 fav song that sounds like the crossing…

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some have been away for a while…we all lead at different times…feeling safe, listened to, empowered, big investment and heart in the crossing, strong passion… warm up to each other…different styles/processes just sing together/no instrumentation…active listening…stepping in each other’s shoes. 1030-11:15am Listening exercises…really listening. Telephone, reading into things/internalizing without clarification can be deadly. Musicians are v. sensitive and sharing can be a very vulnerable experience…conflict management.

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Chant in a round – no instruments – except the voice…pick a phrase out of the following –

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Deeper than the sea, unconditional love, feel the flow, your grace is enough, Jehovah jireh Make your own… Then make music using body parts and other props around you – no words! No instruments! Silence – listen to the sounds around you…write down 3 things that you hear…we’ll compare the list afterwards. While there are some similarities, we all hear differently. Likewise, we all work and have different creative processes.

11:15-12noon We are all here for one common goal. The one thing that may present itself as a challenge is the fact that at one point or another – most, if not all the people in this room have been leaders of the Crossing. And there is great sense/reality of investment in the Crossing. While the task we face is a challenging, it is possible and we proved it yesterday with all of the wonderful strides we made! But in order to move even further, I feel it is important to take a moment and check in with each other and allow us all the time and space to acknowledge our own feelings and abilities that we bring to the table.

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Who are we? The faces of the crossing…that gifts you bring to the crossing? What experiences? What stakes? Why is this important to you? 12-1230p FACETS exercise – have people play their examples of crossing music elements… FLIP CHART: diamond: include rhythmic combos, groove fusions, as well as genres’, also a simple melodic guideline (teaching tool). Pro’s and con’s of being open/vulnerable in this music…

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The exercise we just completed together is good for building a sense of collaboration. It reminds us that we are all strong leaders – honoring the great leadership in each other…It is possible to lead and follow – without striping someone else of their leadership opportunity. Who is God to You? Write 5 descriptive words or phrases. Who are you? Name 5… After Lunch: The pamphlet : Write down some things that you think we should consider when creating pamphlet…Ideas: the process of this project…musically, learning what not to fuse/how to find out (trial and error), be empowering and encouraging, building the congregation’s trust in you, and in the musical experience/building the musicians’ trust in the congregation to carry and help create the music…intentional flirting of the familiar choruses – giving just enough of the familiar and creating just enough in the moment…old message, new package.

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Closing thought: The Bible teaches us that we were created in the likeness and image of God…and that we are respectfully and wonderfully made. Even so, we have unique gifts and talents that ultimately glorify God. Let us remember to respect the God in each other…

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Conflict management…


				
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