Circle begins with a shared meal in a warm, inclusive setting, followed by a facilitated conversation. With the aid of a talking piece, participants take turns talking about their lives and concerns, frequently offering perspectives on racial healing. As people share their stories, they build relationships and often inspire one another to deeper engagement in other activities promoting racial healing.
“You’re more like me than not like me, and I might learn something from you.” – a TCOPM stakeholder
The Circle of Peace Movement (TCOPM) hosts a weekly circle open to the public. Each Circle of Peace begins with a healthy meal followed by a facilitated discussion. Anyone may attend circle free of charge. Continuing attendance is encouraged though no ongoing commitment is required. Donations to offset the cost of meals are welcome.
Monday Night Community Circle of Peace – Open to All
5:15 – 7:00 p.m.
Unity Church-Unitarian – Center Room
732 Holly Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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TCOPM partners with several organizations engaged in youth mentorship, social justice, and community development. Many Circle of Peace members also work for peace and racial healing in other aspects of their lives. For them, the circle is a place of support, connection, and commitment to this work.
The Circle of Peace Movement is growing! Since the first Rondo neighborhood gathering in 2010, the movement has generated new circles, including a continuing Men’s Circle, a Women’s Circle, and a Youth Circle in the Ramsey County Juvenile justice system. TCOPM also responds to requests for Rapid Response Circles to address emerging conflicts within communities or institutions.
To meet the demand for new circles and spread the movement, The Circle of Peace Movement has developed training for circle keepers and works with community groups across the metro area who wish to begin circles in their own neighborhoods. TCOPM also trains individuals to befriend and mentor youth emerging from the juvenile justice system.
The movement is also expanding internationally through partnership with the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, which each summer brings scholars of the Young African Leaders Initiative to Minnesota to learn about American government and society.