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Circle Hosted by NACRJ - April

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Circle Hosted by NACRJ - April

Thursday, April 25, 2024 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (CDT)


Joel Friesz, NACRJ Executive Director, holds monthly virtual circles for two main purposes: Firstly, to create a supportive space where NACRJ members can gather, connect, and share. Secondly, to actively listen to our members' insights, allowing us to better serve the NACRJ community. These circles are a dedicated time for individuals to pause amidst life's demands and engage in meaningful Circle practice together. 

The April circle will be centered around the topic of accountability. 

Message from Joel Friesz: 

I experienced my first circle in 2008 and have been an avid student and advocate of the process ever since. Prior to the COVID pandemic, I would not have envisioned the elements of Circle could be effective via video (i.e., a virtual space). However, over the past several years I have learned that many elements of Circle are indeed effective via video. With NACRJ being a national organization with wide geographic reach of members, I am utilizing Zoom as a means to create a space where both myself and others can come together in a circle. I value opportunities to co-facilitate circle with others; if you are interested in joining me as a co-facilitator for one of these upcoming circles, please send an email to and I will be in touch with you.  


  • This month's circle theme centers around the topic of accountability. To foster a sense of community, we'll start with an introduction/check-in go around. As we explore the theme, we'll prioritize shared values and our collective interest in community and restorative justice. This space is open for all to share their thoughts and experiences.
  • Circles are limited to 8-10 attendees with the hopes of having time for 3-4 go arounds. Please note: This is not a presentation or webinar. Rather, it is a circle dialogue in which all attendees will be invited to participate in the discussion.
  • Due to the limited # of attendees, we ask that you sign up only if you are certain you can attend. Additionally, if you sign up and need to cancel, we ask that you email as soon as possible to allow space for others to join. 
  • If at all possible, it is helpful if attendees can be on video in a quiet space during the circle. We know that is not always possible and we first and foremost welcome people in whichever way they are able to show up. Having your video on isn't mandatory but can be helpful when in circle as we practice listening, holding space, and being present for one another.
  • Students & youth aged 17 and under must attend with parent/guardian or obtain parental consent to participate.


A Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registering.  

Thursday, April 25, 2024 (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM) (CDT)
Free of Charge
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