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Younger Men


Just as we need elders, we need younger men to take their places as leaders in their communities, tribes, families, and world.  Jonathan’s Circle envisions men who live and practice wholeness to be leaven in society and culture.  In the words that Robert Kennedy borrowed from Edith Hamilton and spoke on the night that the world stood devastated at the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our dream is to “tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world.”  

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The thrust of Jonathan’s Circle is personal work—experiencing and articulating the connection of spiritual and sexual power. Yet the most personal work is also the most critical social work.  Lives changed from shards and fragments into coherence and purpose are precisely what will transform society.  Older men can impart wisdom and insight, and younger men have the energy, the grit, and the passion to lead change.  

Ideally, Jonathan’s circles are intergenerational mixes where men of all ages can get to know each other, learn from each other, and profit from the entire range of experience.  There are no prohibitions, however, on age-specific circles, formed within the context of our guidelines, agreements, and norms.  

One of the long-range goals of Jonathan’s Circle is to develop and celebrate rituals of initiation.  Just as the presence of young men is highly desirable in older men’s initiation into elderhood, so the presence of older men can be greatly valuable as younger men intensify and broaden their spiritual lives and deepen their sexual maturity.


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No matter where we are on our journey, we are shaping our lives according to what we value.  We can fashion them after what our egos crave.  Or we can let our deepest Selves speak their truth in a community of men who will dare to be honest about what they hear us saying.  No one knows exactly how to do it, let alone how to get it perfect.  We need each other in the task of shaping.


  © Frank Dunn 2014