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Amy Kay Watson
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AoH in churches - making these questions more wicked
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Here's the situation: A good sized church (over 300 in attendance each Sunday) with a strong infrastructure of committees, boards, councils, and short-term common-interest groups is looking for ways…Continue

Tags: church, growth, development, leadership, wicked

Started this conversation. Last reply by Amy Kay Watson Sep 24, 2012.


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How did you learn about Art of Hosting (please add the date and place) and what attracted you to it?
Deb Ballam from Ohio State invited me to the Art of Hosting at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in December 2009. I had no idea what I was walking into! I remember describing the experience as being akin to Jack Skellington's discovery of Christmastown. "What's this?!"
Tell us about your experience with Art of Hosting as part of your life and work. What would you say your competence in it is? (new, starting practitioner, experienced practitioner, steward)
I'm a little more experienced than a starting practitioner. I've been weaving AoH practices and principles into my work and apprenticed for the Art of Hosting training at Deer Creek Lodge in February 2010.
What is the primary field/topic/focus in your hosting work?
I am focused on promoting deep listening, personal accountability, and organizational effectiveness. I use AoH principles and practices in my work, looking for opportunities to equalize power dynamics in conversations and bring AoH principles in at those times. And, my church's leadership development committee has asked me to put together some workshops for the church based on AoH practices.
Where do you live/work?
Columbus, Ohio
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Are there interests/passions that you'd like to share?
I am most energized by the work being done by "religion workers," teachers, and others whose work serves others, including management and customer service.

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Art of Developing Meaningful Conversations at 1st UU Columbus

On the evening of May 19, members of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus gathered with friends to encounter "The Art of Developing Meaningful Conversations," the name given to the Art of Hosting at the church.  (The name was selected by the first sponsoring body, the Leadership Development Committee, in order to appeal more directly to…


Posted on May 20, 2012 at 5:30am

Art of Hosting at 1st UU Church in Columbus

I've been talking with folks at my church about AoH and the compatibilities I see between it and the church's goals and values.  As a result, a couple of things have happened so far.

The first and so-far biggest thing is that the leadership development committee asked me to do some leadership training drawing on the Art of Hosting body of knowledge.  We formed a small core host team with myself and two others who are close friends of the church (not quite…


Posted on February 18, 2012 at 4:54pm — 2 Comments

Bringing AoH into a historically command-and-control organization

I've found a "mate" among my coworkers!  *relief*.   We had a design meeting today and prepared for a conference call with the rest of our team, which will take place tomorrow.  


She had said something in a conference call yesterday that made me think that a hosted conversation and attention to harvest would help, so I offered to help her design the meeting.  I sent her a handful of pages out of our AOH journal (the Columbus 2011 journal, pages 26-29, 42-45) to look over…


Posted on January 5, 2012 at 6:30am

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At 4:55pm on February 1, 2011, Rowan said…

A very warm welcome Amy


Hope you find this space useful and will help keeping it alive and vibrant.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop me a line.


Warm regards


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Rowan Simonsen


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