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Talking Circles

Parish of Kenmore-Brookfield Appellate Tribunal talking circle on 3 May 2022, with left to right: John Cuffe, The Rev'd Tim Booth, Jen Bradbury, Jeff Bradbury, Graeme Curnow and Deian Ping

Talking circles: 8 tips for hearing the wisdom in the room

“I first encountered a talking circle at a Quaker Sunday service in a circular room on a rainforested hill in the Brisbane suburb of Kelvin Grove. I entered the room to find people sitting in silence in a circle of chairs around a small central table…With the recent shift back to in-person gatherings, talking circles are a great way to foster dialogue, with hybrid in-person/digital options also possible. Here are eight tips to make your talking circle space suited for dialogue that matters,” says The Rev’d Tim Booth, Ministry Development Officer from the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission


Talking Circle gatherings to dialogue the implications of two 2020 Appellate Tribunal determinations

The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt and The Rev’d Michael Uptin invite the members of Anglican Church Southern Queensland parishes and ministries to forthcoming Talking Circle gatherings to dialogue the implications of two 2020 Appellate Tribunal determinations and opinions regarding the blessing of marriages between two people of the same gender


What might church look like beyond…?

“Synod’s open space dialogues in 2019 served to start important conversations about the future of the Church. Within our Diocesan community, groups are continuing to use innovative approaches to dialogue, such as open space and talking circles, to explore important topics,” says Dr Stephen Harrison, as he tells us about an exciting early November open space event


Embracing the emerging future

“The study of history reminds us that crises can be situations from which opportunity emerges. As the old passes away or crumbles, new opportunities can begin to materialise. However, for those opportunities to be grasped we need to be able to acknowledge them…We need to notice what the Spirit is inviting us to see and to respond to,” says The Very Rev’d Dr Peter Catt from Resource Church St John’s Cathedral