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March 13, 2019

The Power of Presence

Before beginning our circles this week we spent time reflecting.  The purpose was to consciously gather information to share during the discussion.   With intention, we deeply thought prior to speaking.

Our prompting reflection questions included:

Was something learned from reading this book, if so what?

Was there a specific passage that had left an impression, good or bad?

Did the book bring light to an issue?  Are you more aware and knowledgeable about the issue?

Has an earlier opinion about the issue change after reading this book?

Our open ended questions included:
I liked…
I wonder…
I felt…

I thought…

I noticed….

I predict…

My favorite part…

I was surprised by…

I was frustrated by…

I have a better understanding of…

Our circles provide a way for us to engage in critical thinking and reflection as we read, discussed, and responded to The Power of Presence. The act of reading in a community helped us to read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives.  Our circles were an opportunity for employees at different levels, volunteers and community leaders to mix.  There’s no organization or individual that owns all the knowledge and ideas.  An expansive mind with breadth of knowledge is priceless.

The Power of Presence challenged us to think differently.  Studying another’s experience and culture helped to broaden our perspective.