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Listening Circle

Listening Circle

Saturday January 25 at 9:00 am

The Transition Team is hosting a Listening Circle with facilitators from Horseshoe Falls Regional Council Staff.   The purpose of the circle is to create a safe environment in which participants can share their truth with others. It is often a healing process as people are invited to unburden themselves of issues weighing them down, grief, struggles, bringing awareness to topics that have seemed undiscussable while holding sacred the complexities of our shared humanity.  Participants in a Talking Circle learn to listen and respect the views of others. The intention is to open hearts to understand and connect with one another.

  • Participants sit in a circle. The circle symbolizes completeness.
  • An everyday object such as a rock or pencil is sometimes used as a talking object.
  • Participants are invited to state what they feel or believe with I statements
  • When the talking object is placed in someone’s hands; it is that person’s turn to share his or her thoughts, without interruption. Often the object is passed to the next person in a clockwise direction.
  • Whoever is holding the object has the right to speak and others have the responsibility to listen.
  • Everyone else is listening in a non-judgemental way to what the speaker is saying.
  • Silence is an acceptable response. As is the option to respond, “I pass.”

We are aware that former Tansley folks have not benefited from this process as the other two founding congregations have and would hope they might avail themselves of this opportunity.  If you would like to attend please contact Sue Stephen or the Transition Team email at: