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Resilience Circles


These are uncertain times. The Great Recession has reminded all of us of our vulnerabilities.

Tough times may still lie ahead. Many of us don't want to return to our old environmentally unsustainable economy. Many of us are concerned about the power of large corporations, their role in our political system, and their effect on our lives.

One way or another, changes are coming. We can face these changes alone — or we can end the isolation, come together, and change the story.

What is a Resilience Circle?


Resilience Circles are forming around the country, using and adapting free tools provided by the Resilience Circle Network. A circle is a place to come together to increase our personal security in a rapidly changing world by:

  • Courageously facing our economic and ecological challenges, learning together about root causes.

  • Building relationships that strengthen our security and undertaking concrete steps for mutual aid and shared action.

  • Rediscovering the abundance of what we have and recognizing the possibility of a better future.

  • Seeing ourselves as part of a larger effort to create a fair and healthy economy that works for everyone.

In the process, a Resilience Circle allows people to get to know one another, find inspiration, have fun, and strengthen community.

THREE COMPONENTS OF A CIRCLE

Learning Together:

Plentitude… involves a way of life that will yield more well-being than sticking to business as usual, which has led both the natural and economic environments into decline…

Plentitude is also about transition. Change doesn’t happen overnight. Creating a sustainable economy will take decades, and this is a strategy for prospering during that shift. The beauty of the approach is that it is available right now.

From
Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, by Juliet Schor

Through popular education tools, videos and shared readings, participants increase their under- standing of the larger economic forces on our lives. Why is the economy in distress? How did these changes happen? What are the ecological factors contributing to the changes? What is our vision for a healthy, sustainable economy? How can I reduce my economic vulnerability? How can I get out of debt?

Mutual Aid:
Through stories, examples, web-based resources, a workbook and mutual support, participants reflect on what makes them secure. How can I help myself and my neighbor facing foreclosure, unemployment, or economic insecurity? What can we do together to increase our economic security at the local level?

Social Action:
Many of our challenges won’t be solved through personal or local mutual aid efforts. They require us to work together to press for larger state, national and even global changes. Coming together, how can we become engaged to reclaim our country from the casino capitalists? What state and federal policies will increase our personal security? What program will truly address the economic and ecological realities of our time?


Suquamish UCC is serving as a catalyst for establishment of Resilience Circles in our community. Learn more about Resilience Circles at http://localcircles.org. For more information, please contact us.

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