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The Hidden Depth of Male Friendships


January 6, 2022

7 PM Eastern Time

6 PM Central  Time

5 PM Mountain Time

4 PM Pacific  Time

3 PM Alaska  Time

2 PM Hawaii  Time


January 6, 2022

12 Midnight London

1 AM Paris, Rome, Berlin

2 AM Capetown

5 AM Tbilisi

7 AM Jakarta

8 AM Hong Kong, Singapore

11 AM Sydney 

Volumes have told how men bond with each other. Songs, like “My Buddy,” from the 1920’s, have celebrated men’s friendship. Movies, such as Brokeback Mountain, have edged closer towards exploring even romantic dimensions of friendships among men. Why, then, are so many of us men still reluctant to form friendships, or to explore whatever dimensions of our relationships present themselves as possibilities?

There is no simple answer, of course. We get all mixed up about what “real men” do or don’t do. We are skeptical about intimacy with other men, because generally the only “intimacy” we are used to having is with women, beginning with our mothers. Even those who identify as gay or bisexual are sometimes reluctant to open up to each other, there being few maps as to how to do it.

Yet male friendships not only exist, but are often profoundly rich emotionally. And with or without a good buddy or a gang of buddies, men often carry around the longing to be completely open with male companions and friends. We’re learning in many ways and places that there is a way of relating that is distinctively male, yet without some of the socialized patterns of competition, posturing, and physical distancing that we’ve carried around for generations.

Join us in a safe and respectful place where you can

•  reflect on the impact of your experiences with other boys and men

•  hear what others tell of their experiences and in the process see what we can learn from each other

•  come to a clearer understanding of what it is you want from male friendships.

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 stable webcam and working microphone

•  you'll get a link by email when you register.  Hit the link a few minutes before we begin.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. 

Retreats   

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

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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.  


Camping

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.  Read here the full details of the brotherhood circle beginning on February 9.  



Meet-ups

Under the auspices of Meetup.com, 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 Meetup.com 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 frank@jonathanscircle.org


    

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