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.”
This second Circle in the series will center around the topic of discrimination: the experience of being judged, or judging others, on the basis of characteristics such as speech, dress, skin color, body shape, gender, physical ability, mental health – and not seeing beneath or beyond those characteristics to the whole person while also perpetuating unjust social hierarchies and privilege. We will share stories of those moments when we have felt the hurt of discrimination, and visited that hurt on others. We will reflect on what we have learned from those experiences and how they have shaped our efforts to create healthy community.
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.