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In Their Own Words…
“We used to meet in the basement of the local library, about twelve of us, each week. The librarian was always asking us what we were laughing at. Somehow we just always had a lot of fun when we met. And we helped each other in all kinds of ways.” - Bill R., Indiana
“At the fifth meeting of my Resilience Circle, we exchanged “Gifts and Needs.” Participants had written their gifts – things they could offer – on one set of note-cards and their needs on another. The facilitator started the exchange by offering to give bike tune-ups, and mentioning she’d like to be able to hem her own pants. A few moments later, after two others also said that they’d like to learn to sew, one woman offered to run a sewing class for the group. And moments after that, I was somehow scheduling a time for the pastor of the church to cut my hair. A dog-sitting/child-care exchange began to bud. People began brainstorming about how to find and share a 20-foot ladder.” - Sarah Byrnes, Roslindale MA
“Our group shared lawn mowers, books, and tools; brainstormed job possibilities; and shared inexpensive recipe ideas and savings tips. We would bulk shop together and we’d tell each other about sales. One woman started teaching exercise classes after the group helped her get started, and a few others published books using suggestions and expertise from the group. We even kept an “emergency jar” at the center of the table. People would often put 50 cents or a dollar into it at meetings, though it wasn’t required. The money didn’t get used very often, but much like the group itself, it provided a sense of security just in knowing it was there.” - Connie Allen, South Paris ME
“Facilitating a Common Security Club feels like providing water to desperately thirsty people. People are hungry for this information, hungry to share their experiences and frustrations, and hungry to gain some control in a world that often seems out of control. During the first session one participant commented that ‘this may well be the most important program the church has ever offered.’” - Trudy McNulty, Portland ME
“This is one of the best pastoral tools I’ve used in terms of giving members of my congregation a sense of agency in their economic lives.” - Rev. Cecelia Kingman, Edmonds WA
Watch Resilience Circle facilitator Lisa Cook’s excellent TEDx Talk! Lisa talks about the increasing problem of American loneliness and isolation, including her own personal story. Around 6:40 into the video, she talks about how Circles can help folks create community. Be Sociable, Share! Tweet Related items: St. Paul, MN Connections, by Marge Piercy Video: The [...]
DenverPost.Com: Lakewood Program Works to Grow Community in Neighborhoods August 29, 2012, by Emilie Rusch In a lush, backyard garden in Lakewood, a group of neighbors was talking about how to attract hummingbirds. Try planting agastache, suggested Tom Slabe, an expert in backyard wildlife habitats. It’s also known as hummingbird mint. The group was gathered [...]
The Redwood City Resilience Circle joined other local groups in opposing the construction of a new jail in San Mateo. Read more about this effort here. See their letter below. Submitted to email@example.com: Please include our group on the list of public endorsements for your letter to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors found [...]
~ News and Views from Around the Resilience Circle Network ~ Supporting Entrepreneurs in Davenport, IA Kathy Thompson wants to expand her core small group to a larger group for small business owners. “I’m part of an informal small group of women who own small businesses and work from home. I want to expand this [...]
On Monday evening, April 30, members of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in San Jose gathered for Session One of the Resilience Circle curriculum. The event marked the first Resilience Circle to convene in a Catholic church. Welcome aboard, St. Martin’s! May your leadership inspire others! The story of St. Martin’s begins with their Peace [...]
Two Redwood City Resilience Circle members have taken a tremendous step toward sustainable and resilient living. They are building and will soon live in a tiny (120 square foot) house! On their blog, Candace and Aaron explain: “We have engaged with the community on [climate change, resource depletion, health, and social and economic insecurity]… We have [...]
After meeting for several months, trust and solidarity grew among members. In one case, an elderly couple offered an in-law apartment in their house to a father and son who were in serious financial trouble.
A group in Greenfield, MA that calls themselves "The Neighbors" has been meeting monthly for four years. They incorporate fun and food into their monthly meetings –and have a lengthy check-in at each meeting.
Contact Lore Rosenthal to get involved with the Greenbelt Common Security Clubs (firstname.lastname@example.org). The first Greenbelt Common Security Circle finished the curriculum over the summer of 2011 and has continued meeting for learning, mutual aid, and social action. A second Circle began in the fall of 2011. They ended with an extended “Gifts & Needs Exercise” [...]