Discussion Guide for Implementing the Practice

METAPHOR

“A Spiritual Journey”

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.
— Wendell Berry

QUESTION

How would you best create a space, community, and practice for dealing with the distress brought on by religious/sexual/gender/ conflicts? 

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  • What makes you feel apprehensive about participating a Circle?
  • Why might you want to participate in a Circle?
  • If you feel comfortable in your own faith, sexual orientation, and gender identity, what would be the value in participating in a Circle of Empathy?
  • Can feeling empathy for others make you feel unsafe or weak?
  • Has empathy ever helped you feel safe in an otherwise unsafe situation?
  • Do you have any experiences where you have attempted to extend empathy to others even though you felt emotionally threatened?
  • How would you implement the Circles practice in your own community or family?
  • How would you use this as a tool to reach out to other communities?