The Long Table

The invitation to a Homeward Bound series is made to anyone who feels the pull of its words. After seven weeks of gathering in the mosaic of a Zoom window, though, we are no longer strangers. There are faces and names that have started to become familiar, traces of conversations that happened during afterparties or emails forwarded through the Postal Service or questions asked that made a lasting impression.

So the invitation that comes next is more personal.

We would love you to join us at The Long Table. This is an ongoing fellowship, an online network and a monthly gathering for those who are drawn to the work of regrowing a living culture. It’s a setting where you’ll have the chance to cross paths with others who have been part of a Homeward Bound series and decided that they want to stick around.

Gathering in this way, our hope is that we can deepen into community, becoming a place where it’s safe to show up honestly, and where we glimpse unexpected possibilities together.

Dougald & Anna

The details

We hold a live monthly gathering over Zoom on the First Monday of each month, with two sessions at 10.00-12.00 and 20.15-22.15 (Swedish time).

You are welcome to join for whichever session works best for you, this can vary between months and some dedicated souls have been known to turn up for both! Recordings are available after the call, so if you weren’t able to join us live in a particular month, you can catch up later.

In between the monthly calls, the Long Table also exists as an online network where you can make posts, start conversations, chat with each other and find other groups and events happening within and around this community.

And starting in the second week of January 2022, we’re experimenting with a weekly one-hour open call on Tuesdays at 14.30 Swedish time.

How to join

Membership of The Long Table is by invitation and there is no fixed membership fee – rather, we invite you to set up a monthly donation.

Choose an amount that feels significant, but not uncomfortable. If it helps, then think of an amount that would feel natural to spend on an evening once a month with a group of friends, a night at a local pub or a place you go to eat.

There’s no right amount and no minimum – and if your circumstances change, you can vary your contribution.

Your donations make it possible for us to dedicate time to the work of supporting the community that is growing around this school.

Want to know a bit more?

Like anything that has life in it, there’s a process of unfolding here, so we’ll learn more about how to hold this space as we go along. But based on the experience of our first year and a half, here’s how things seem to work.

On the monthly live sessions, we start by sharing news, including a round of ‘headlines’ in which everyone has a moment to offer something – large or small – that has been going on in their life since the last call.

Most months, we have a theme with one or two members of the group sharing stories, speaking about a project they are working on or a question they are sitting with. The emphasis is on sharing work-in-progress, talking about what we’ve learned along the way, and seeing where the discussion takes us.

In the second half of the session, we’ll generally break into smaller groups for half an hour or so, then gather again for some final conversation.

The parts of the call where we are all together will be available afterwards as a video or audio download, so on months when you’re unable to join us, you can still catch up on those conversations.

The morning sessions will generally be hosted by Dougald, while the evening sessions are hosted by Dougald and Anna together, supported by other members of the HOME team.

There’s lots more going on, beside the monthly First Monday calls – we’ve had groups starting up around climate fiction, ‘the meaning crisis’, and a Hospicing Modernity reading group – and increasingly, we hear from members who are visiting each other or meeting up face-to-face in their corner of the world.

No doubt all of this will continue to branch in directions we can’t yet see, as we pay attention to where the life in this fellowship is moving.