The Oregon Interfaith Hub regularly hosts talking circles on zoom that offer the opportunity to share our truths and experiences, to practice deep listening, and to build spiritual community. Guidelines are listed below. Recent topics have been Inner Resilience in a Troubled World, The Power of Compassion in Action, Surrender as a Spiritual Practice, Devotion to Gratitude, From Darkness into Light, Collaboration, and Creating Loving Community. *Check our “Current and Upcoming Events” for the details of the next Talking Circle. Please join us!
Talking Circle Guidelines:
- Speak from your own experience (use “I” statements).
- Don’t give advice. We’re not here to “fix” others.
- Respect the right to pass. (That is you can opt not to speak or participate in any part of the meeting).
- Listen deeply and respectfully.
- Have one person speak at a time.
- Don’t interrupt, unless it’s for a process comment (i.e. “I can’t hear you.” or “Please explain that term.”).
- Start and end on time.
- Share the privilege and responsibility of helping the group to function well.
- Share the time fairly. A facilitator will help with time management.
- Respect confidentiality: What is said in the group stays in the group. You can talk about your own stuff out of the group.