I wrote in NW Dharma News that we would have listening circles on Change Your Mind Day in August, but too busy to get those arranged. I am now aiming for September/October.
Here is the article:
Portland Buddhist Festival Discussions
Portland Buddhist Peace Fellowship is sponsoring a series of listening circles to discuss the question of cooperative Buddhist festivals like Change Your Mind Day. Some Buddhist communities have expressed ambivalence with the name Change Your Mind Day, others with the connection to Tricycle. The organizers of the festival, and Portland BPF, would like to have participation from as many groups as possible from the area. The discussion may include more than an annual introductory festival, but the focus will be on ecumenical Buddhist festivals for the Portland area. After the listening circles, hopefully we will determine a collective wish to keep, or to drop, the name "Change Your Mind Day."
At time of printing the listening circles were not yet scheduled, but with the cooperation of local NWDA board members and affiliated groups, organizers plan to schedule 3 or 4 circles in August, at various times and places to maximize participation. Portland BPF and NWDA encourage area communities to send a representative to at least one of the listening circles with your group's wishes in mind. While the listening circles will have this particular focus, we hope and expect they will further the building of community connections that Change Your Mind Day and Northwest Dharma Association have already fostered.