BIRCH is the all-Reclaiming representative council. For more info, visit About BIRCH
Dear Reclaiming Communities,
The BIRCH Committee announces the dates, timeline and agenda for our 2022 meeting. We appreciate the feedback from the last meeting and have responded with changes.
We have shortened the meeting and reduced the number of Zoom sessions. In order to reflect the changes made in the POU at our last meeting we will focus the agenda of this meeting entirely on the proposal that will be in its second cycle of discussion: guidelines for principles of accountability (working title). This is a huge and important topic and reflects many years of calls for inclusion and accountability from DARC, BIPOC, Trans, Non-Binary, and Disabled witches in our tradition. NOW is the time to focus on and craft processes to support our evolution.
Thank you for engaging in this journey. The BIRCH Committee: Alex, Lilo, Lore, Morgana, Raven, and Sav
BIRCH Meeting 2022
March 5th/6th – March 19th/20th
March 5th/6th BIRCH MEETING opens with a Zoom meeting that will be recorded and live-streamed. We will create sacred space, introduce the agenda, and initiate the topics for Asynchronous discussion in the 2 weeks immediately following .
March 7th-18th Facilitated Asynchronous meeting, closing 24 hours before the decision- making Zoom meeting. Attended by all reps and open to the whole community.
March 19th/20th Decision-making Zoom meeting, attended by all reps.
Times of the Zoom calls will be confirmed after registration to include as many time zones as are represented.
2022 BIRCH Timeline
Mid -August 2021: BIRCH Committee will publish descriptions for meeting roles.
September: The agenda is published with last meetings notes and guidance. Further guidance for community discussion and reps published. Seek a liaison with each community to be sure that the information is being widely distributed.
Call for facilitators, minute takers, other support roles along with guidance for what roles mean aka job descriptions, offer roles first to 2020 facilitator group and then recruit from community.
October: Local Community Meetings and Discussions. Registration opens. Zoom training for Facilitators and other support roles, with more to be scheduled if required.
Call for agenda items for 2023 meeting – these will be shared with the community in the final stages of the asynchronous meeting so that communities can begin to consider them
November: Local Community Meetings and Discussions.
Registration remains open. Zoom Training for Community Reps to answer questions.
January: 8th/9th or 15th/16th: Tech rehearsal for Committee, facilitators and support folk.
31st January: Call for future agenda items closes
February: 1st: Call for community folk to create sacred space and maintain the container for the meeting, Zoom call mid-month if required.
20th February: Registration closes.
For future updates please join the current BIRCH google group: firstname.lastname@example.org.