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Continuing Indaba Encounters

A key part of Continuing Indaba is discovering the context of your companions and exploring your own context anew through your companions’ eyes. In a Continuing Indaba, process time is prioritised to encounter each other’s context and build relationships. How this will look will vary depending on the contexts, but in each case all participants will visit each other’s context.

Welcoming Companions

The purpose of these encounters is for companions to share their real day to day context honestly with each other. What this will look like will vary depending on the diversity in your Indaba but should include:

  • staying in one another’s homes and experiencing everyday home life
  • a taste of ordinary life – that might be anything from where you buy your food, to going out for a drink or a meal, to digging up potatoes, to watching sport or your favourite TV programme together! The idea is to share a snapshot of your everyday life
  • worshipping with the community at a ‘normal’ Sunday service
  • experiencing companions’ mission context. This is what you as host define as your mission context in line with the priorities you have set for this Indaba
  • space to talk together about the encounter – This needn’t be formal facilitated conversation; it could be over lunch or travelling from one place to another – in fact these have sometimes proved to be the more fruitful conversations.

When organising an Indaba Encounter it is important to remember that your companions are coming to experience your real context and reality.  They will not have this experience if too much is organised and these is not enough time for relaxation put into the programme. It might take humility and vulnerability to honestly share your context, but remember it is not a show or a competition.

Visiting Contexts

You are in your companions’ context to listen and learn about their everyday context. This means:

  • setting aside dedicated time to be with each other and honouring that time[1] and sticking to the time commitment decided at the beginning of the process
  • not being judgemental or comparing their context, negatively or positively, to your own
  • listening and being inquisitive about your companions mission context.

Between Encounters

Finding time to visit each other’s context might mean that the encounters happen over a few months or even years. It is important to keep the journey in mind and prayer during this time. You can do this through:

  • prayer, valuing relationships and bringing the process before God – this could be a formal prayer diary for your Indaba or bringing the concerns of your companions into your existing prayer pattern
  • reflection, processing the encounters and keeping the process in mind – this might be personal or within your team.
  • communication between companions, relationship building – this might be through social media, emails, letters, telephone or Skype calls
  • communication within your context, sharing the journey with your home church – this might be articles for parish or diocesan magazines or website or Facebook page.

[1] except for real emergencies

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