15 Years of Changed Lives

Monday, May 29, 2017
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This year Student Open Circles celebrates 15 years of service! We started on this journey in response to students’ need for safe spaces to explore their big questions and to serve together; spaces that welcome the full diversity of their backgrounds and life experiences. Young adults need a place to explore their personal, spiritual, and so-cietal concerns. 15 years ago, world events pointed to the need to build bridges of understanding, as September 11 and its aftermath created suspicion and fear between groups on campus and beyond. And this need is even more pronounced today! As much as ever, we need young people who reflect deeply about who they are, the values that they live by, and what their own unique contribution is towards a world that embodies compassion instead of fear.

As we reflect on 15 years of changed lives, we are grateful for the many people who support the work of Student Open Circles – some from the very beginning and many who have joined us since – thank you for being with us on this journey. We hope you are inspired by these stories of how your support is making a difference to students, the Hamilton community, and across the globe!

- Marybeth and Jeff