May 22, 2020
We hope this message finds you well and in good health. As we are confident you yourselves have been doing, the Green Lake Baha’i School Committee has been consulting about how best to meet the needs of our region and fulfill the mission of our committee in the face of current challenges. Given the current circumstances and the uncertainty about the feasibility of physical gatherings, we wish to inform you that there will be no in-person event for the Green Lake Baha’i School scheduled for August 28-30, 2020. However, we are preparing to facilitate activities and workshops with the assistance of online platforms. More details on the content and format of the program(s) will be forthcoming. If you are interested in contributing your time or talents in service of the Green Lake Baha’i School, please contact the GLBS committee. In alignment with our preparations for school activities, as well as our committee’s mission to foster connections among the friends, we are contacting you to offer our support in building community capacity to effectively utilize tools such as Zoom to continue to conduct core activities as well as informal connections among community members.
Many Baha’is and friends have already made great strides in making these technologies accessible. We are pleased to share the attached resource, created by Auxiliary Board Member Jordan Van Rijn as an introduction to conducting Zoom meetings.
We encourage you to share this video, and other resources you may be aware of, with your communities, if you haven’t already. Some communities have also had success facilitating connections between individuals in their clusters who have different levels of experience or comfort using online platforms. They have found that offering accompaniment in preparing for online delivery has been valuable and has resulted in the continuation of activities, even where face-to-face meetings are not possible.
We would therefore ask for your partnership in supporting community capacity-building around utilizing online platforms, as well as offer our support and accompaniment in this process. We will be happy to share our own experiences and recommendations from the experiences of other communities, to the extent that it will be helpful to your own efforts. In turn, we would like to thank you for your efforts in this area, as community members’ familiarity and comfort with these technologies will foster their participation in the Green Lake Baha’i School currently and in the future.
In addition to sharing existing resources, the GLBS committee has identified two ways in which we can support community efforts to increase virtual connections. We have created an online survey to identify individuals who can either offer, or are in search of, support utilizing Zoom: https://forms.gle/E2gLiFzLAaGnzCdm6
- You are welcome to create a copy of this survey to distribute to the friends in your area and connect people with one another according to their abilities and needs; OR
- You can distribute this survey link to your community, and the GLBS committee can put individuals in touch with one another.
We are also interested to hear what other ideas you might have for how the GLBS committee can support collaboration and companionship throughout the region, whether that be with regard to improving community capacity for online participation, or other needs you see in your community.
Please direct any questions or feedback to Marcos Lewis, the GLBS Committee Corresponding Secretary at email@example.com 608-323-0294.
In service to Him,
Green Lake Baha’i School Committee