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ABOUT THE CHARTER PROCESS
Our understanding of the essence of L’Arche develops over time. Our current Charter was written in 1993, and it expressed what we believed and knew then.
In the Charter Process we are rereading and gathering our experiences throughout the Federation in order to listen to what inspires us at the heart of all these experiences. We will create a Charter that expresses all that unites us.
This is a spiritual process, a process of listening, sharing, conversations, prayer and contemplation that will allow us to be attentive to the mystery of our shared life. We desire to open ourselves to the spirit, to read, recognize and honour this mystery.
We want everyone who is engaged in L’Arche to participate and all voices to be heard.
The process is integrated into our existing ways to gather in Communities, Regions, Countries and International. It is not a separate process.
There is a specific framework for the process and we can use it in different ways according to our cultural realities.
Each stage offers questions for reflection and sharing.
Within the framework, it’s up to everyone to choose:
- the best way to engage in the specific steps.
- the best times and places to meet.
We will gather the fruit of our work and send it to the Charter Process Team according to the instructions.
THE CHARTER PROCESS HAS 3 STAGES
May 2019 – April 2020 (12 months)
We are going to look at our experiences of community life and reread them to determine what gives us life and what doesn’t.
June 2020 – July 2021 (13 months)
• Step 1: June 2020 – December 2020
• Steps 2 & 3: January 2021 – July 2021
We will share what we discovered during stage 1 and find words that express the meaning of these discoveries.
Using all the data collected during stages 1 & 2, the Charter Process Team will develop a draft Charter for consultation.
September 2021 – May 2022 (9 months)
We will receive the draft Charter and take time to consider whether it accurately expresses what we believe L'Arche to be. Then the Charter Process Team will consider all the feedback before they propose a new Charter to the Federation Assembly.
Federation Assembly 2022
The Federation Assembly will be asked to vote on the new Charter.