CentreSpoke 2022, This collection offers verse to both my work and to my communal and solo living. As I describe in the Introduction, “This collection of poems comes from some of my sense-making that so often happens in the morning, nurtured by overnight sleep. These poems sample practices. They sample learnings. They sample insights and discoveries. They sample dilemmas and concerns. They range from simple and clear appreciations to more complex and murky wonderings about how to be in the world of these times. I offer these verses to invite essences to lead, as poetry often does, and to invite discovery of what can only live between the lines. Available here.
The Circle Way Essence Cards:
Simple Notes to Inspire Skillful Practice
2019, Tenneson Woolf, Quanita Roberson — There’s 28 cards in each set, 6″ x 8″ in size. Full color. They come in a little cotton bag. $20 USD + shipping. A percentage of each purchase will be donated back to The Circle Way, and to another non-profit or group of people engaged in circle based change and reform. These cards were fun to make. They have short descriptions, a few diagrams, and highlighted essences related to practice. We offer them with hope that they will guide and inspire helpful practice. In organizations. On teams. In community. In family.
Participatory Leadership Journal
Church and Community Ministries
United Methodist Church
2015, with Kathleen Masters — This was a significant effort with Kathleen and many others that are salt of the earth people from four groups: Church and Community Ministries, Global Ministries, Projects, and Conference Partners. It’s one part methods and models of participative leadership, particularly applied through a faith community lens. It is another part story, three years worth of stewarding and culture making. It is another part tips and guidelines to improve practice.
Contact tenneson@tennesonwoolf for PDF. Suggested contribution, $10-20 USD
A Cadence of Despair:
Poems and Reflections on
Heartbreak, Loss and Renewal
(CentreSpoke, 2020) — This isn’t a book about facilitation. Rather, it is a book that is about coming into relationship with despair, including some of my experience with descent and ascent, which offers a kind of map for growing that many of are encountering now. It’s highly personal material that maps the personal to the universal.