Transformed by Community

Friday, May 15, 2015
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I’m amazed how quickly students are transformed by the kind of community they experience with us in Student Open Circles and, as Patsy says, begin to “create the same attentive and encouraging presence for other students.” Kyle’s story shows how he learned to listen to others and create space for them to really be themselves. Whether taking the bus together to a weekly volunteer group, reflecting on a service experience, or leading a discussion at an event, these young adults are blossoming into leaders who practice presence, ask deep questions, and inspire others to be their best selves. Last night at a planning meeting, a student was expressing doubts about whether she has anything to offer in a leadership role. Another student enthusiastically spoke up with a deep exploration of the many gifts she sees in the doubting person and invited her to take more initiative to offer these gifts to others. Many times I’m full of wonder as I witness these young people becoming spiritual companions to each other, inviting others into the same kinds of reflection that they’ve experienced with Jeff or myself.

Thank you for your support as we walk with students like Patsy who, while “lost and dry,” find a nourishing place in Open Circle where they can grow into who they are and offer their gifts to the world. We value your partnership with us!

— Marybeth Leis Druery