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             Erotic Literature We Love 

            Tales, Poems, Themes, and What They Do For Us

              

May 20, 2021            

7 PM Eastern Time

6 PM Central  Time

5 PM Mountain Time

4 PM Pacific  Time

3 PM Alaska  Time

1 PM Hawaii  Time


May 21, 2021

12 Midnight London

1 AM Paris, Rome, Berlin

3 AM Tbilisi

7 AM Hong Kong, Singapore

9 AM Sydney 


Jonathan’s Circle Live takes a different turn in the merry month of May, inviting a lively conversation around the poems and tales that we like and admire. Some may be well known.  Some may be of our own composition. This segment of JCLive promises to be a feast of shared fun and thoughtful reflection.

Even in this age of mass-produced porn, some of the world’s great erotic stories might be favorites that still delight us. Poems of Walt Whitman, C. P. Cavafy, A. E. Housman, and James Broughton are some that many men in Jonathan’s Circle know and love.  You might remember from high school English the bawdy "Miller’s Tale" from Chaucer. Or maybe you’ve found the Marquis de Sade’s many novels fueling your erotic energy and sexual fantasies. Indeed, one of the most famous erotic poems is right in the heart of the Bible, called “The Song of Solomon,” or “Song of Songs.” Novels like Nabokov’s Lolita have analogues in gay literature both modern (E. M. Forster’s Maurice) and classic (The Satyricon by Petronius).  

We’ll not only look at and talk about what we treasure about erotic literature, but also consider the implications of stories, symbols, plots, and imagery for our spiritual and aesthetic sensibilities. It won’t surprise you that we don’t start from the supposition that erotic writing is antagonistic to spiritual life.  While it sometimes dramatizes moral dilemmas and ethical issues, it nearly always reflects or shapes great spiritual depth, as did  D. H. Lawrence’s much misunderstood Lady Chatterley’s Lover nearly a century ago.

Join us and

• let us know and hear some of what thrills and delights you

• share, if you wish, some of your own writing 

• learn more about the power of erotic literature to sharpen spiritual awareness


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. 



Retreats   

The Board of Jonathan’s Circle regrets that we have had to cancel all our in-person events during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to resuming our full schedule of activities as soon as it is safe to to do so.              


Special Events



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.  


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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.

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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 frank@jonathanscircle.org.

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.   


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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