“All this has been done by God, who has reconciled us to God’s self in Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
This makes us ambassadors for Christ.” (2 Cor 5:18,20a)
Circles are value based rituals of communication, which have their foundation in the practices of first nation people’s (indigenous) practices throughout the world.
While circles have been adapted for many communities and have been adapted to serve many purposes, they share essential features:
- everyone in the circle is equal and has equal opportunity to speak and listen,
- decisions are made by consensus, and
- everyone agrees to abide by guidelines established by the group based on shared values, in order to work toward a common goal.
Additionally, through rituals and practices, circles are established as sacred spaces. Circles are culturally sensitive and encourage a holistic approach to communication in which the participants are able to be fully present: physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Circle create the space where all can be present as their ‘best self’ and be together with others in a relationship where common goals and desires are realized.
The Circle training program is a collaboration, at the General Curia level, of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ and the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Our mission is to provide training opportunities for members of the Precious Blood family to learn the Circle method and to support them as they integrate this pastoral method into their apostolate.
|If you have participated in one of our trainings, you can request access to our online forum to share experiences, materials, and to continue supporting each other in this practice.