One of the most useful features in Google Apps is the ability to create "Groups" for the various groups within the Common Ground community for communication and collaboration. At the simplest level, Groups allow group leaders and members an easy way of communicating through a single email address. Because of the complexity of group settings, please contact the webmaster (Scott Jensen) for assistance setting up your group. Google's help pages for groups may be found here.
An unmoderated discussion group allows all members to send messages and replies to the whole group. This kind of group has been especially useful for small service-oriented groups such as the practice leaders to contact each other in search of subs.
Note about Discussion Groups
Because discussion groups happen primarily within email, they are better suited for shorter communications such as scheduling or quick questions. For more substantial and topical discussions such as with study groups or event planning, community leaders are encouraged to consider setting up their own site for their groups.
Google account to access Common Ground content, all but the most experienced users are encouraged to participate in groups through email alone. A directory of all Common Ground groups may be found at groups.commongroundmeditation.org.
Group memberships are managed from the Group's web page. Group leaders logged in with Commongroundmedtation.org accounts can find their groups at groups.commongroundmeditation.org. On the right-hand side of the group page are links to the group's management functions, including "invite members". On the member invitation page an invitation to group membership may be written and sent to an invitation list of email addresses. Invitees will receive a link in their email that must be clicked to join the group, ensuring they are willingly opting in. The confirmation link takes the new member to the group's web page, but because of the complexities of logging in with a non-commongroundmeditation.org account, all users are strongly encouraged to disregard the page and use groups exclusively through email.
There is a second tab on the top of the membership invitation page for directly adding members to the group. Because this method does not allow members to explicitly join the group as with the invitation, use is strongly discouraged except in cases where existing mailing lists or groups are being migrated to Google Groups.
log into their personal Google account in order to view or edit private content. More on using groups with these services can be found on those apps' help pages in the right sidebar.
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