Each meeting begins with a prayer and a reading of the “Ground Rules” (below)--
Purpose: The purpose of Sharing Hope is to help each one of us by providing a spiritual, caring and understanding environment for sharing our experiences of being separated and/or divorced.
Sharing: No one has to say or share anything that he/she does not wish to share. But we welcome anything one may wish to say. Verbalizing is a great source of healing.
Confidentiality: What is said by anyone in the group is never carried outside to others in the form of gossip.
Listening: Listen to each other and allow each person to finish what he or she is saying before speaking. Remember, we do not have to solve problems or give advice. Often the best support is just listening.
Courtesy: On occasions, when sharing, one of us may become sidetracked or dominant. In this event, you may be asked to hold your thoughts and allow someone else to share. Please do not be offended. This happens to all of us! This is part of the process of growing.
Center on Ourselves: It is important that we talk about ourselves and not blame others or put others down.
Our meetings, also, end with a heart-felt prayer.