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  Passing Favors by Caitlin Connolly 

GETTING STARTED

"Mother-love works magic for humanity, but organized mother-love works miracles."

Frances Willard

What is the purpose of MOI?

  • Changing the world may not look the way you expect. The secret is that it's an inside job and it happens one heart at a time. It's a journey instead of a destination, but along the way, we'll find eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel. 

  • MOI is simply gathering a few friends to begin this journey with you ...You + one friend = MOI ​

  • Our definition of a mother is simply "one who nurtures hearts."  We're bringing together mature women whose children are grown, mothers with young children, daughters in high school, single women with no children, mothers who public school, and mothers who homeschool.  Consider inviting friends from other denominations of faith or even different political persuasions.  The languages of the heart are universal, and there is room for every mother-hearted woman.

 

What will you do together? 

  • A Mother of Influence is focused on hearts.  She nurtures her own heart, the hearts of children, the hearts of homes, and the hearts of communities.   

  • A Mother of Influence is seeking inspired growth:  we don't have a set course of study in MOI, but we do provide a framework of resources structured around the languages of the heart.  Use the suggestions on this page to help you determine how you'd like to grow together.  If your focus is on the principles of the Well-Educated Heart, you can call yourselves Mothers of Influence.

  • A Mother of Influence honors freedom and discovery: keep your study open enough that a friend can participate at whatever level she feels comfortable.  Look for ways to "inspire each other, but not require."  

  • Mothers of Influence are knitting hearts together and building a sisterhood: be exceptionally kind to each other.  Our hallmark is an encircling reach and our goal is unity among our diversity.  

Simply Begin... and begin simply 

  • Gather a few women that are coming to your mind, share your vision of heart-warming with them, and then allow the structure of your group to grow outward from your hearts together. 

  • Sometimes the first step is the scariest. If getting started feels a little intimidating maybe you'd like to begin here: text or email the Sleeping Beauty video to a friend - invite her to watch it and plan a time to meet and talk about your impressions.  It really can be that simple. The Introductory Course or Catch the Vision Challenge are great follow-ups, but it's up to you where you'd like to go next.  

You're not alone...

We're here to offer support and suggestions anytime you'd like a little help.  Reach out to Jen and Marley at hello@mothersofinfluence.org

If you're on Facebook,  you'll also find support on our private page - we hope you'll join with other MOIers to share your pictures and experiences.  

RESOURCES FOR MOI GATHERINGS

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INTRODUCING THE WELL-EDUCATED HEART

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A love of Beauty is not only how we will survive challenges,it is what will heal our world.  

Marlene Peterson

"Beauty is a quality of divinity, and to live much with the beautiful is to live close to the divine.  Every beauty in any form...refines and elevates character."

Orison Swett Marden

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THE HEART OF MOI

MOTHERS UNIVERSITY

The study is designed as a twelve-month rotation schedule so that you can learn line upon line, layer upon layer, drawing on what you’re ready to take in the first time through and deepening the understanding each time you return.   The writings from the Mother's Learning Library are supplemented with articles and research of educators today who confirm the wisdom of the past which will give you confidence as you move forward. Keep notes of what you learn and when you gather, share your experiences as you begin to apply the lessons in educating and warming hearts. 

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NURTURE THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN

EXPLORE THE ROTATION

Study the whole world, line upon line and layer upon layer. At first glance, you may have no idea what you’re looking for. But as you begin to collect and assemble the clues, you will begin to see the patterns, connections and lessons emerge for your use.  Each nation and people has a story to tell and gifts to offer from its heritage.

BUILD A FOUNDATION

THE INTRODUCTORY COURSE

 The introductory course is designed to help you start a daily habit of feeding your heart.  For some, the ideas presented will go against everything you’ve ever thought about learning. For others, the ideas will resonate with beliefs you already carry with you. Either way, enter with an open heart and you will find something that will help you live a richer, more abundant life. 

NURTURE HOME

THE LIFE-GIVING HOME

“In our deepest hearts, we want home to be a place where our spirits are filled. A lifegiving haven of warmth, rest, and joy that will encourage everyone who enters it; a welcoming respite in an isolated culture; a life-giving home ‘creating a place of belonging and becoming."

Sally Clarkson

We love Sally Clarkson’s The Life-giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming.   It’s filled with simple and practical heartwarming ideas for every month of the year.   We’ve found this book to be a nice complement to the monthly rotation of the Mother’s University and particularly strong in its message of nurturing the heart of your home and family.

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SET YOUR HEART RIGHT

LIVE MORE ABUNDANTLY

"I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within"  Socrates  

Fill your heart — go to concerts and art galleries, host a poetry teatime, or hike in the mountains. Learn to paint, draw, knit, crochet, arrange flowers. Make music together, share your favorite stories, bring a poem that's touched your heart, learn to see the beauty in everyday things. Explore the WEH rotation and then talk about what you've been reading and learning and feeling... this is what it means to deepen your roots, increase your inspired growth and begin to cultivate an encircling reach.

DIG DEEPER

CATCH THE VISION CHALLENGE

Read all the presentations, podcasts and other messages that were previously only online or in an audio format. 

The Intro booklet is a perfect introduction to share with a friend who wants to learn what WEH is about. 

Volume I: Philosophy: a collection of talks and presentations. 

Volume II: Tools and Methods: podcast and presentation transcriptions.

Volume III: Inspiration: Great Lives podcasts and samplers from books arranged by the rotation schedule.

NATIONS AND CULTURES

THE DELPHIAN COURSE

Marlene has said "If I could have designed a college-level course of study for the moms in this group, this is what it would look like. This is a study for the heart –with an emphasis at looking at the languages of art, music, poetry and literature of the ages with just enough history to put it in context. And I especially love that when you study the Ancient Egyptians or Babylonians or Greeks or Medieval times, you get a glimpse into their homes and their family lives; their systems of education and learning, things that are relevant to us in our everyday lives.”  It may not be the study you begin with, but we want you to know it’s here when you are ready.  As a note: you'll find many Delphian readings are already integrated into Mother’s University where you can have a little taste each month.

BE A LIGHT

ENCIRCLE OTHERS IN YOUR REACH

“There is an answer to the passionate longing of the heart for fulness... And the answer is this: Live in all things outside yourself by love and you will have joy. This is the life of God; it ought to be our life.”         Robert Browning

An encircling reach is the hallmark of a Mother of Influence. Look for simple but meaningful ways to lift those around you.  Use your talents and interests to create opportunities to awaken other hearts.  These "gifts" to your community will most often be small and simple offerings, but it's amazing what a little light can do.  We hope you'll return to share your stories and experiences with other MOIers.

 
 

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