All participants, including the host, agree to abide by the following guidelines:
Whenever possible, I will contribute to the book club’s purpose.
I will not criticize without first achieving a reasonably good understanding.
If I am not sure what an author meant, I will seek the opinion of other participants.
If I am not sure what another participant meant, I will ask that participant for clarification. If I am still not sure, I will try paraphrasing the other person’s comment in order to find out whether I have understood correctly.
I will focus on receiving the meaning that an author or speaker is trying to convey, rather than just their words.
When I disagree with an author or a speaker, I will avoid expressing that disagreement disputatiously or contentiously.
I will make myself aware of the emotions that a particular topic tends to trigger in me.
While reading or listening, I will remain mindful of the moment-to-moment changes in my own emotional state.
I will work on uncovering my own assumptions, particularly those that may be getting in the way of my learning.
When trying to understand a viewpoint with which I tend to disagree, I will make a sincere attempt to remain impartial; this may require me to read or listen with the intention of agreeing.
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