Summer Circles: Moving Toward Greater Individual & Community Well-Being
With Leaf Seligman
Our stories matter. They connect us, strengthening bonds of community and helping us to talk about issues that divide us politically. In this third circle in our series, participants will share, be heard, and listen attentively. Together, we will create a respectful space that fosters understanding and empathy, in line with Mariposa’s mission “to foster peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries.”
Our third Summer Circle will focus on the topic of immigration.
Immigration has been an important topic not only at the federal and state levels but at town meetings in the Monadnock Region. Our neighbors have passionate feelings and varied opinions on this topic.
Using the circle format, participants will be invited to tell a story from personal experience that has influenced their feelings about immigrants and opinions on the topic of immigration.
Leaf Seligman has extensive experience teaching and volunteering in prisons and jails since 1984 including a year of jail chaplaincy. She is an adjunct Professor at Keene State College and President of the Monadnock Restorative Community whose mission is to support women reintegrating into the community after incarceration. Leaf is the founder of Restorative Circles Services.
In today’s world of increasing conflict, Leaf Seligman’s work in bringing together a community for respectful dialogue and understanding is ever more important.
Peacemaking circles derive from the practices and tribal wisdom of Native Americans, where members of a community gather as equals to discuss matters of significance.