Q: Can children attend the Team meetings?
A: Most Teams allow
nursing infants but generally children do not attend the monthly Team meeting. The meeting atmosphere should be free of distractions & interruptions. Arrangements for childcare should be made with this in mind. Shared babysitter arrangements generally do not work nor should any of the Team members do the babysitting. Teams of Our Lady is for couples. Children benefit from their parent's spiritual growth. Children are often invited to attend various social events.
Q: Is the Teams movement the same as the Christian Family Movement or Renew?
A: Each of these movements has a unique and particular way to enrich the spiritual lives of the participants. Teams of Our Lady is a movement for married couples emphasizing their sacramental spirituality. This is accomplished with the mutual help of a Team and concrete / common objectives and practices (The Endeavors).
Q: Do Teams participate in any outreach or community service initiatives?
A: No. The Teams of Our Lady movement does not have an apostolate as a movement. The movement itself witnesses to the possibilities of Christian marriage and holiness but the actual apostolates are to be undertaken by individual participants as they see fit.
Q: The What is Teams of Our Lady? document states that "Teams of Our Lady, even though not a movement for action, it nevertheless is a movement of active people." Without an apostolate do the Teams get very turned in on themselves? How about the movement as a whole?
A: The movement is structured in a way that the larger community stays in touch with the individual Team. Each couple recognizes that they are part of a larger community. The movement organizes large group events at different levels to encourage wide participation and allow Team members to meet couples from other Teams. The Teams responsibility to hospitality is intended to be practiced not only with other Teams of Our Lady members but to the whole world. The couple is to "bear effective witness of Christ's love especially by acceptance of ecclesiastical and civic duties.
Q: The Endeavors feel overwhelming & the structure sounds rigid. Is there flexibility?
A: The Endeavors are learned on one at a time during piloting. They are a challenge in just the same way that the call to Christian holiness is a challenge. Spiritual growth is a discipline and also a gift from God. The Endeavors leave room for individual styles of prayer and devotion. Even though the team meeting follows a specific structure and format, the Team will develop it's own personality & charism.
Q: Is this an intellectual movement?
A: Fully initiated (confirmed) Christians have a duty to continue to study the faith. Study need not be "intellectual" or boring. The Teams of Our Lady materials primarily focus on married spirituality. Many spiritual books are available for study that are easy to understand, inspirational and practical. Intelligent without being intellectual, you might say.