Family Circles are effective formats for dialogue, particularly for addressing difficult issues within a family. They can be an effective way to be in conversation when families experience disagreement, need to make a decision together, are concerned about the behavior of a family member, want to work together as a team, want to learn from each other, or want to explore a topic they think will be difficult to talk about. Circles can help people in relationship move forward from “stuck” places that may have also housed anger, resentments, or even estrangement among family members. Family Circles offer a specific conversation process and are facilitated by an experienced Circle Keeper.
Family Circles provide a way of talking together where everyone:
Calling a Circle
If you wish to consider calling a Family Circle, start by filling out a Family Circle Request Form.
Family Circle Online Request Form
Family Circle Request Form (pdf)
Family Circle Request Form (Word document)
The completed form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to Unity Church- Unitarian (732 Holly Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104) to the attention of Janne Eller-Isaacs, who will forward the request. A Family Circle coordinator will respond to the submitted request form by phone within 10 days. She will talk more with you about why you wish to call a circle, what kind of results you hope for, and who might be included in the circle. If you decide to call a Family Circle, the coordinator would put you in contact with a Circle Keeper who would follow up with you. The Circle Keeper will interview all family circle participants before a circle date is set. Interviews give the participants a chance to meet the Circlekeeper, and start to acquaint the Circlekeeper with participants and thoughts and feelings they may bring to the circle.
For more information about Family Circles, including FAQs, Circle Keeper information, and fees, please read the Family Circle Information Packet (pdf)
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