What is a marae encounter?

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José Moré, Chicago News Cooperative

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 down-to-earth.