These circles are open to clergy from any and all religions. We would like to see circles that are ecumenical and open to all faiths however we are also open to single faith circles.
Our experience shows that about 10 people per circle is a good number.
Circles that meet regularly make the most progress. We suggest that we meet weekly, but no less than biweekly. We know that you are very busy but we have found that 2 hours is generally a good amount of time to spend in circle. You may be surprised how quickly the time flies. That said, we are also open to other durations.
Circles can meet in person or via Zoom. Our current environment may make Zoom more palatable. It also cuts down travel time. If Zoom is the mode we choose, we can also try to meet regularly in person, perhaps once a month, when it is safe and everyone concurs, so that we can have an in-person relationship as well.
The circles are facilitated by Rick Warm. Rick’s interest, experience and research in wisdom and leadership led to the founding of the Center for Wisdom & Leadership about a decade ago. Wisdom and Leadership Circles are an outgrowth of the Elder Wisdom Circles that Rick has been leading for several years. Elder Wisdom Circles are groups of older adults, generally in retirement, that gather weekly to discuss such topics as conscious aging, spirituality, and the journey towards wisdom. Over the past several years, Rick has come to understand that wisdom and leadership are important qualities that may be more important to the clergy than any other vocation, and this subject has likely been under-served and undeveloped.
The suggested fee is $100 per month or $1000 per year payable in advance. The hope is that your church, temple or mosque will pay at least a percentage of the fee as allowance for professional development. If paying this amount is not possible, please contact us. We hope to provide some scholarship and possibly support from other institutions to allow anyone who is interested to participate!