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IWC STUDY CIRCLE
Weekly Study Circle meetings are held on Tuesday Evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Until further notice, Study Circle meetings will be held via Zoom. If you would like to be on the list to receive a Zoom link each week, please email: donna@worldculture.org


MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

A short article, video or essay will often be posted on this site for each meeting.  It would benefit the discussion if everyone could look at the material beforehand. 

There will be a brief introduction to the topic at the beginning of each meeting and the rest of the time will be open for discussion. 
We very much look forward to your participation. 

IWC THEME FOR 2022
The Institute of World Culture theme for the year is "Opening Doors through Non-Violence and Magnanimity"
The Study Circle plans its meeting around this general theme by focusing on trying to understand the theme and apply it in our daily lives. Topics for each Study Circle, as well as what we will take up at each Tuesday meeting are posted below.

JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2022 – LESSONS ON LIFE, LOVE AND COURAGE (click here for printer-friendly flyer)
We long for heroes and have too few. Nelson Mandela is said to be the closest thing the world has to a secular saint. Mandela writes that: "In Africa there is the concept known as 'Ubuntu' – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievements of others".

JANUARY 2022 In January we will look at Nelson Mandela's through the eyes of his close, personal friend, Richard Stengel, former editor of "Time" Magazine. In his book, "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage", Stengel has distilled countelss hours of intimate conversation with Mandela into fifteen essential life lessons, and recounts moments in which "the grandfather of South Africa" was tested and shares the wisdom he learned.
Jan 4, 2022 Nelson Mandela photo Courage is not the Absence of Fear
We have included the Introduction to "Mandela's Way" for those who have the time to read it, but the discussion will focus around the fist chapter on courage.
Reading: Introduction, "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage"
Reading: Chapter 1, Courage is Not the Absence of Fear", "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage"
Jan 11, 2022   Lead from the Front
Reading: Chapter 3, "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage"
Jan 18, 2022   Lead from the Back
Reading: Chapter 4, "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage"
Jan 25, 2022   Seeing the Good in Others
Reading: Chapter 7 from "Mandela's Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage"
Supplemental reading: The Sacred Warrior by Nelson Mandela
FEBRUARY 2022 In February we will take up chapters from: "In the Footsteps of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists", edited by Catherine Ingram. Ingram writes in her book that: "The men and women who speak to us in the pages of this book have each been willing to see light in darkness. Their lives show us that in both hard and good times, love is the only power that matters."  
Feb 1, 2022 A. T. Ariyaratne, Sri Lanka
Reading: A. T. Ariyaratne, "In the Footprints of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists"
 
Feb 8, 2022

Mubarak Awad, Palestine
Reading: Mubarak Awad, "In the Footprints of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activists"

 
Feb 15, 2022 Jane Goodall, England
Video clips will be shown and discussion will follow
 
Feb 22, 2022 Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnam
Reading: Thich Nhat Hanh, "In the Footprints of Gandhi: Conversations with Spiritual Social Activist"