To Discuss the issues surrounding
HOMELESSNESS IN OCEAN BEACH
When: Tuesday, July 6, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Parish Hall, Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach
(Hall faces 2000 Sunset Cliffs Blvd.)
“We recognize the complexity in our community of homelessness. We regret the polarization which has occurred in our community which is making it difficult in addressing these issues. We look to our community to come together to work on transforming the issues before us.”
The Forum is open to all interested stakeholders from the Ocean Beach Community to discuss concerns, and solutions surrounding the multitude of issues surrounding Homelessness in Ocean Beach. This will be the first of several forums sponsored by the Faith Community of Ocean Beach.
On Thursday evening, July 1, the organizers of the community forum on Homelessness Issues met as a part of the preparatory process. Representatives from the faith communities were present, and were joined by facilitators from the San Diego Restorative Justice Mediation Program (SDRJMP). Certain ground rules were agreed upon to ensure a productive evening. Those who plan to attend the forum should be aware of the rules in advance.
1)We are aware the current issues are of great public interest, and as such, the media will be interested in what occurs. In weighing the interests of the public with those of the participants it has been decided members of the media will be allowed to attend the forum, but no cameras or recording devices will be allowed in the Parish Hall;
2) All participants will be required to sign in. We are requesting an e-mail address to forward a summary report of the evening’s work. If the participant does not want to give an e-mail address, hard copy reports will be available at the various community churches.
3)At the time of the sign-in, participants will be given a name tag (first name only), and a set of rules for the forum. Before the forum commences, participants will be able to ask questions about the rules, and then required to sign an agreement indicating they intend to follow the rules. The rules are below for the participants’ consideration beforehand.
The goal of the evening is to create a creative and safe atmosphere for those involved to collaborate on developing solutions toward peace in the community. We look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday.
Peace Circle Rules
1)I agree the facilitators are in full control of the Peace Circle.
2)I agree to speak the truth.
3)I agree only one person may speak at a time, and I will not interrupt.
4)I agree to listen to those who are speaking, and if necessary, to summarize accurately what another has said.
5)I agree to speak respectfully to all during the Peace Circle.
6)I will not use threats, profane language or obscenities during the Peace Circle.
7)I have come to the circle to engage in solutions.
For those interested in attending and engaging in a collaborative effort, please take some time to reflect on the following questions and be prepared to discuss the following questions:
What do you love about Ocean Beach?
What has drawn you to Ocean Beach whether you are a business owner or resident?
What is negative about Ocean Beach?
What kind of community do you desire Ocean Beach to be?
What is in the way of making Ocean Beach the kind of community you desire?
What resources do we have to make Ocean Beach the kind of community you desire?
What resources do we need to make Ocean Beach the kind of community you desire?
How do we address the threat to peace in our community this summer and beyond?
(Download the pdf flier HERE. )
Sponsored by the Faith community of Ocean Beach:
Sacred Heart of Ocean Beach Catholic Church
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Bethany Lutheran Church
First Baptist Church of Ocean Beach
St. Peters by the Sea Lutheran Church
Point Loma United Methodist Church
All Souls Episcopal Church
Second Chance Ministries