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               Growing Spiritually 

                Through Suffering

tears of suffering

October 14, 2021            

7 PM Eastern Time

6 PM Central  Time

5 PM Mountain Time

4 PM Pacific  Time

3 PM Alaska  Time

2 PM Hawaii  Time

October 15, 2021

12 Midnight London

1 AM Paris, Rome, Berlin

2 AM Tbilisi

7 AM Hong Kong, Singapore

9 AM Sydney 

All living things are vulnerable to suffering. That is, vulnerable to what we humans call “suffering.” Not even inanimate things are free from entropy. The eternal processes of construction and destruction go on, changing everything sooner or later.  

We humans, however, are capable of understanding the complexity of suffering. We can recognize the difference between a relatively minor wound or a passing illness and prolonged suffering. Some people seem drawn to suffering, some confess that they are attracted to it, and some inflict suffering upon themselves.

Despite the complexity of suffering, or perhaps because of it, there is a nugget of truth within it. As philosopher Diogenes Allen once said, “Suffering is the only condition capable of cracking the human illusion of self-sufficiency.” Suffering is, or can be, the gateway to spiritual growth.  

Jonathan’s Circle Live in October will be a conversation not for those trying to be saints, but for any who have experienced or wondered about how woundedness, illness, a streak of real bad luck, grief, chronic depression, sexual abuse or dysfunction, and the like, might be our teachers and guides into deeper awareness.  

Join us where it’s safe 

• to voice some of your own questions and experiences about suffering on the part of yourself or others 

• to hear what others have learned from their experiences of suffering

• to consider reframing what seems awfully negative in your life so that even unwanted imposters like guilt, shame, weakness, and pain can be gateways to growth.

To Join Our Live Conversations with Frank Dunn and Michael Kerosky 

  • pay whatever you can of the suggested fee ($15) [payment and other donations can be made here] We’re glad to waive the fee for any who are currently strapped from the impact of COVID-19!
  • Register You must register by following this link!) 
  • familiarize yourself with Zoom
  • have a webcam and working microphone
  • you'll get a link by email when you register 
  • hit the link and join us a few minutes before the session begins.  Check the time above.

It is our purpose to make all our events accessible to all men, excluding none for lack of funds. Give as you are able, and make it possible for someone else to participate. Tax deductible donations may always be made on our home page in the side bar. 


The Board of Jonathan’s Circle regrets that we have had to cancel all our in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Follow us closely for announcements of in-person events.

Special Events

For a complete listing of special programs and events, subscribe to Circling on the home page in the sidebar.

Training for Facilitators

Training for facilitators is offered periodically in different locations around the country. If you are interested in being trained to facilitate any of our meet-ups, brotherhood circles, retreats, or events, let us know.  


In areas where the pandemic is successfully receding, and for men who are fully vaccinated, camping trips may be organized by our certified facilitators.  Specific infromation on dates and locations will appear in Circling, as it becomes availablbe.  

Brotherhood Circles

Brotherhood circles are ongoing small groups that last between four and twelve months. For “meet-ups” in Washington, Fresno, and Los Angeles, see below.

Our first online brotherhood circle began in January, 2021. Meeting on Tuesdays At 7:00-9:30 PM Eastern US Time (here is a link that will convert that to your time zone), the circle convenes bi-weekly, ending on May 4. The cost for the 8 sessions is $160. As always, our policy is to make our offerings available to any so that none is kept from attending by fees. If you’d like to get in line with others now waiting to join the next brotherhood circle online, email

Topics for the eight sessions

   • Who am I?

   • My erotic life

   • My spiritual life

   • Secrets, shame, and privacy

   • Wounds, memories, and healing

   • Mentors, teachers, and models

   • My gifts to the world

   • My lessons and my wisdom

We began planning it particularly for the men who live in places that will always be remote from one of our in-person circles.  Now it proves useful to any and all, as more and more things move online.  

If you are interested in organizing a circle, or if you would like to work with a small group (1-2 persons) in your area to plan an event such as a non-residential Saturday or Friday evening-Saturday event, be in touch with us.   


Under the auspices of, a worldwide network of affinity groups of all sorts, Jonathan’s Circle has meet-ups currently in Washington, DC,  Los Angeles, and Fresno, CA. Become a member of and join us. Meet-ups are one-off circles in that they always consist of small groups of men who belong to our meet-up group, but each meeting is on a distinct theme and the group is always “new.” In contrast, men in our brotherhood circles commit to meet over a period of 4 to 12 months.  

Bookmark this page for further information. Better still, subscribe to Circling in the sidebar on the home page for updates and news on events and circles. When registering for a brotherhood circle, to download a registration form (for Brotherhood Circles only) go here (link is inactive because none is currently accepting registrations). Fill out the form and either scan, or print and email, to


  informat  © Frank Dunn 2014