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Happy Birthday Anne!

Today is Anne Dosher’s 95th birthday.

Anne is the ground beneath my feet as I do the work I do with the World Cafe community. I often think of her.

When I am stuck, I ask myself, “What would Anne do?”, and hear her lovely voice in my heart inviting me to breathe, appreciate the blessings of the moment, remember all the powers and spirits who are holding & guiding me, and then take the simple, minimal, elegant next step, whatever that is.

All the time I have spent in her presence has been a precious gift, a blessing I carry with me always.

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This is one of a series of blog posts to honor our Elder Anne Dosher, who has been a wonderful guide and steward since the World Cafe was born in 1995. To celebrate Anne’s 95th birthday, we are collecting stories and greetings from the global World Cafe community.

 


World Cafe is “Stepping In” on a new level – increasing our capacity to engage most effectively with the challenging issues of our times. Here’s an overview of what we’re envisioning and some of the priorities we’ve identified to start. Please join us and contribute what you can to support this important work.

This blog post is one response to an open invitation to our global community – to step up & express what the gift of the World Cafe means to YOU. We welcome your posts, as well as your comments and shares on this post.

Talking it Through

photoAnneWe often refer to our beloved Anne Dosher as the “Guardian of the Soul of the World Café”.

Anne, who is now in her 90s, doesn’t travel as much as she once did and we don’t get to see her as often as we’d like these days.

But her spirit is always with us, and never more so than now when we’re about to embark on Impact Cafés all over the world to help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of World Café.

Anne’s story of how she came to her life’s work, and what compels her to “talk it through” whenever there are difficulties and challenges, is one that she wrote for this blog back in 2007.

Every time I hear it, I gain new insight and awareness about the depth and power of this work we’re all engaged in. So it’s with gratitude for Anne, her guidance, and wisdom, and love, that I share it with you all here on this special day in the life of the World Café: Talking it Through.

Anne’s Blessing

Everyone may not share her spiritual perspective but those who know Anne Dosher know why we at the World Café Community Foundation feel so blessed to have her hold the role of “Elder” and “Guardian of the Soul of the World Café”, along with her more prosaic roles as a Community Foundation board member. Her wise council and 80+ years of life have earned her the title of Elder, and it is her deep understanding of life’s mystery and our true relationship with all things that make her a Guardian.

We asked Anne to share some personal words of blessing for this last day of Harvest Fund Drive, and here they are:

For me, I have been privileged for fifteen years to be asked to be Elder and Guardian of Soul of The World Café and I have called for silence and spoken the blessing at the beginning of meetings. Every day I call on the Great Spirit who moves in and around all things to be with us. All those who have found this work are blessed. Thank you for joining us and supporting the work.
Blessings aye”

Anne
Elder and Guardian of the Soul of the World Cafe

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On this last day of our first ever Fund Drive, I hope you too are inspired to contribute to our goal of raising $25,000.00 by the end of today, November 4, 2011.

Thank you to all of you who have already joined us in making this Harvest Fund Drive a great success. Please make your valuable contribution to the World Café Community Foundation now, and help us bring home this Fund Drive successfully at this critical time for the World Café.

You’ll be helping to catalyze the most critical conversations of our time.