Photo courtesy: José Moré, Chicago
A marae encounter asks people to . . .
- take a good long look at themselves as a community (even if they haven't previously thought of themselves as being one).
- Figure out together what being a community means to them.
- Explain themselves as a community to another community or group of people.
- Raise issues, concerns, or other topics they would like to discuss with these other people
- who have similarly prepared to do the very same thing in return . . .
- at the place selected to be the marae for the encounter, and at the agreed on time,
- all followed by sharing a meal together,
- as well as lots of good talk — sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always open and