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Bonnie Poindexter (May 23, 1940 – February 4, 2016)

Community building has lost one of its great advocates and facilitators. Bonnie.jpg

Bonnie’s contributions to the Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE) and community building were significant, varied, and frequent. She was a facilitator, Board member, Council member, volunteer and friend. Over many decades, Bonnie touched a multitude of people through formal and informal community building practices. 

The following excerpts from emails that Bonnie wrote seem a poignant way to illustrate how exceptional Bonnie was, to draw from her wisdom, and to celebrate her essence and belief in community.


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Seeking an authentic sense of community?

The Foundation for Community Encouragement (FCE) is a 501(c)(3) educational, non-profit organization. We are dedicated to the quest for community among people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs. FCE establishes a safe place, where common values can be acknowledged and differences can be explored.

We enable individuals, groups and organizations to identify and grapple with the issues that cause divisions between people. We encourage the members of the group to transcend the conflicts that may hamper progress toward accomplishing the goals they are seeking to achieve.

  • Upcoming events

    Wheaton June 4-5 2016

    When: Saturday, June 04, 2016 at 09:00 AM through June 05, 2016
    Where: Wheaton Illinois (near Chicago) in Wheaton, IL

    This is a two-day workshop organized by Moved To Speak beginning on Saturday morning at 8:30am and concluding on Sunday at 6pm.

    8:30 AM to 9 AM -Registration and continental breakfast
    9 AM to 5 PM - Community building work begins; lunch*; community building
    Evening - Optional dinner and get-together at a private home (transportation provided for out-of-town participants)

    8:30 AM to 9 AM -Continental breakfast
    9 AM to 5 PM - Community building; lunch*; community building; group ends
    5:30 to 6 PM - Optional question-and-answer session

    * Vegetarian or gluten-free lunch available  (see Moved to Speak Registration page).

    The intensity of the experience may be exhausting. We suggest that you do not schedule your free time. You will probably need that time for rest, reflection, and integration. Please note that while personal issues may be addressed, the event is not intended to result in their resolution.
    It is our goal to make these workshops inclusive and available to everyone. We have greatly reduced the customary program fee.
    The program fee is $90. The fee includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, along with a dinner on Saturday. In addition, soft drinks and snacks will be provided.
    Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Requests for scholarships should be sent three weeks before the workshop.
    There is lodging available for those who need accommodations at the Loretto Center.
    Interested persons should contact John Schuller at or call (630) 567-4275.
    We accept personal checks  Credit card payments must be made at!registration/cp2j.

    Community Continuity Conference

    When: Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 12:00 PM through August 28, 2016
    Where: Orangeville Ontario, Canada (near Toronto) in Orangeville, ON, Canada


    August 25 - 28, 2016 ORANGEVILLE ONTARIO, CANADA (near Toronto)

    Community Continuity Conference


    3rd day for reflection and further deepening our experience 
    More details to follow.