SARAH Circle Tool Kit
Your First Meeting is where you set the tone and the precedence for your group. Since we learn
so much about one another by being in our homes, as long as you know everyone who is attending, it's a great idea to hold your meetings there. Some precedences that make an important impact for a very successful meeting are. Starting with women whom you do not know? Then we highly recommend you first meet in a public space. Libraries often give space, or maybe a place of worship will give you a room to use. Below you will find a long list of conversation prompts and meeting themes.
Open your circle with a prayer, blessing or poem and a candle lighting. This poem was read at our first meeting in 2002. It's always special if you can invite a different Sister to read an interfaithful prayer or blessing, or a poem that speaks to them at each meeting.
Make sure to read the circle principles, or share in advance.
Make sure to read our creed, and really cool when done together! "I remember than I am a women of my community dedicated to creating a more safe and harmonious community."
Keep you meetings to women (and girls) only. First, some cultures are more sensitive to "letting their hair down" when men are present, especially when it's not their own partner. We have also found that women in circle create a undeniable energy that flows evenly and freely, and it's quite interesting that when men join our circle, that energy takes a completely different direction.
Refrain from alcohol Unless it's completely agreed upon, it's a standard interfaith understanding to refrain from serving alcohol since some traditions may be offended.
When something else emerges than you expected, get out of the way! If this happens, you know you have created a safe place. Breath into the blessing of what direction your meeting has taken.
Be mindful of trying to control the flow of the meeting. Of course, it's a good to be mindful of timing but be careful not to be the meeting police and have a good time! Allow creativity to go wild!
Share the hosting and always encourage a pot luck. No meeting should be a burden on anyone, and further demonstrates our Sisterhood and shared leadership. We eat a lot at SARAH meetings!
Close your circle, this sacred space you have created together, holding it precious and dear and the Sisterhood you have created for a higher and deeper wisdom. Like your opening blessing, a different Sister may like to close your circle.
Take photos! Of course, check with your Sisters first, since some may not want their photo taken.
Send us your photos and tell us about your meeting!
Dialogue Topics and Series Suggestion
The power of dialogue stretches the boundaries of our understanding of another faith tradition because it is coming from the very personal expression of the woman who live it. We are sure to ask questions that ask for the experience of question, as well as the overarching teaching.
We strongly recommend that you send the question for your next meeting in advance so that your Sisters have some time to investigate their answers, if not think deeply about them. It's this process that is one of the most powerful benefits of dialogue. Not only to learn about others, but to deepen our own roots of our faith tradition.
Some monthly topics:
What women of your faith tradition has inspired you most? A Great First Meeting Ice Breaker
What woman, either past or present inspire you most?
Lifecycle Series; This series is best broken down to consecutive monthly meetings.
What is your religious tradition on Birth, Coming of Age, Engagement and Marriage, Death?
How do you believe being a woman of your community or world is different than a man's?
What is your faith tradition's perspective on the value of women?
What is your faith tradition's perspective on the value of the natural environment and your relationship with Earth?
Invite everyone to bring a culturally significant dish to your meeting and talk about when
and what it represents, and/or a special memory of the holiday or event when it was served.
Cultural Dance is a great way to get to know the other! Got the space? Inquire if any SARAH Sisters can teach you their traditional dance moves!
Invite thought leaders and trainers to lead your meeting. Here are some we have hosted: