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Who Are Tomorrow's Leaders

June 2007

Much of what we do within Open Circle is to invest in the development of future leaders. By this I mean that through their participation in the Open Circle community they are formed and encouraged in their commitment to live intentionally and to use their influence towards the creation of a more just and peaceful world.

Creativity and Compassion

April 2007

Stories of how students are discovering a spiritual connection through creativity along with pictures and quotations from student volunteers.

Listening to our Lives

December 2006

Stories of how students are discovering a spiritual connection through creativity along with pictures and quotations from student volunteers.

Taking Down the Invisible Wall

August 2006

"It sometimes seems to me that we are all surrounded by invisible walls built up by our own individuality and culture. These walls may help to define who we are and how we are unique, but ultimately, they make it very difficult for us to understand other people. (Janice)"

Making a Difference, Sharing our Journeys

June 2006

Two students share stories on...
Making a difference: "Participating in weekly volunteering groups ... allows us to know that the world is bigger than us, bigger than our studies and our degrees, and know that we have a place in it all; and with that, a certain responsibility to ignite positive change in our environments." (Steph)
Sharing the Journey: "There were times in the past where I had felt a spiritual connection with life, but in this discussion group I was able to share my experience." (Deirdre)

More than a Buzzword

April 2006

"I've never experienced community before!" admitted "Keith" during a small group discussion at a recent Open Circle retreat. This "light bulb moment," inspired by the experience of community throughout the weekend, reflected both sadness and the hope of having discovered that it is possible to find truly embracing community.

Waking Up through Action and Reflection

December 2000

Like Amanda, some of our student volunteers wonder why they need to spend time reflecting each week after serving needs in Hamilton. And then, they find that in the combination of action and reflection, they “wake up.” They wake up to meaningful connections with their peers and with the people we are serving. They become attentive to their own lives and growth. They grow into people who are “willing to learn, care, and give.” For Allyson, as a PhD student and Teaching Assistant, being surrounded by such engaged, awake, and empathetic undergraduates awakened her compassion for the students that she evaluates, even the ones who are anxious, demanding, and angry!