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Calling The Circle

The First and Future Culture
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Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Bantam
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March, 1998
ISBN:
9780553379006
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$20.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

The circle has been used as a spiritual and social form since the first campfires. People gather into circles to speak and listen from the heart—to call on Spirit, to celebrate, to hold council, to create community, to govern by consensus, to make cooperative decisions and take action together. In this “experienced” revision and expansion of her 1994 book, activist-author Christina Baldwin introduces a structure for calling the circle and explores its potential to empower us in the many settings of our ordinary lives. She gives detailed instructions and suggestions for getting started, setting goals, and solving disagreements safely and respectfully. She also offers inspiring examples of circles in action: from women’s spirituality groups and a father and son in crisis, to a PTA group that averts a school strike, to a work project team that accesses a new level of creativity and caring. Today groups everywhere are connecting with new ways to employ this ancient human ritual for communication, mutual support, teamwork, and social change. This model may be applied—she shows how—at home, work, school as well as in civic and religious organizations.

It rests on three principles—rotating leadership (“Every person helps the circle function by assuming small increments of leadership. In PeerSpirit circling, leadership shifts moment by moment and task by task. Rotating leadership trusts that the resources to accomplish the circle’s purpose exist within the group.”), shared responsibility (“Each person pays attention to what needs doing or saying next, and is willing to do their share. In PeerSpirit circling, responsibility also shifts moment by moment and task by task. Shared responsibility is based on the trust that someone will come forward to provide whatever the circle needs: helping each other take action, calling for silence, or offering the next meeting space.”), and reliance on the Spiritual (“Each person places ultimate reliance in the center and takes their place at the rim. Through simple ritual and consistent refocusing, the center, literally and symbolically, becomes sacred space—a place where everyone’s willingness-to-listen dwells.”).

Also by Christina Baldwin: Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Quest

Publisher’s Description: 

The original small-press edition of Calling the Circle has become one of the key resources for the rapidly-growing "circle" movement. This newly revised edition brings Christina Baldwin's groundbreaking work to an even broader audience ranging from women's spirituality groups to corporate development teams.

50,000 years ago, women and men gathered around campfires to decide the key issues in their lives. Today, groups everywhere are discovering a new form of this ancient ritual for communication, mutual support, teamwork, and social change. Now, in a book as consciousness-changing as Riane Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade or Peter Senge's The Fifth Discipline, Christina Baldwin offers this powerful new tool to everyone who longs for a community based on honesty, equality, and spiritual integrity.

In this simple, profound practice, participants sit in a circle, pass a talking piece from person to person, and speak and listen from the heart. Christina Baldwin gives detailed instructions and suggestions for getting started, setting goals, and solving disagreements safely and respectfully. She also offers inspiring examples of circles in action: a women's spirituality group, a father and son in crisis, a PTA group that averts a school strike and a work project team that accesses a new level of creativity and caring.This revised edition brings Christina Baldwin's groundbreaking work to an even broader audience ranging from women's spirituality groups to corporate development teams. Today, groups everywhere are discovering a new form of this ancient ritual for communication, mutual support, teamwork, and social change. In this simple, profound practice, participants sit in a circle, pass a talking piece from person to person, and speak and listen from the heart. Christina Baldwin gives detailed instructions and suggestions for getting started, setting goals, and solving disagreements safely and respectfully. She also offers inspiring examples of circles in action: a women's spirituality group, a father and son in crisis, a PTA group that averts a school strike and a work project team that accesses a new level of creativity and caring.

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