Kaleid Circles

Like a Kaleidoscope, when life shifts, new beauty appears.

 

Kaleid Circles are opportunities for women in the Kaleid community to See Ourselves, See Others, and See the City with greater clarity and compassion, together.

Believing that growth involves being grounded in God's love (contemplation), being aware of what's true (learning), and being active through new habits (embodiment), Kaleid Circles foster these things as we seek new vision for engaging ourselves, others, and our city. 

In a Kaleid Circle, you will be with women experiencing shifts in similar directions as you. You may share passions, curiosities, or desires for impact in our city. A Kaleid Circle provides a space to the take the next step. Together, we learn and try new things, taking risks so that we may discover and create more beauty.

Circles are led by the Kaleid Team, a Kaleid woman who has completed Foundations, or a partner practitioner.

To stay informed about upcoming Kaleid Circles, join our mailing list.

Current Circles

Dear White Peacemakers Book Club

Dear White Peacemakers Book Club

Sunday Evenings, September 11 and 25

6:00 - 9:00 p.m., in person

Seeing Our City by Reckoning with Race

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Are you a white woman who wants to be a racial peacemaker? Seeing our city includes continuing to reckon with race. Atlanta’s story is also the story of racial division–its deep pain and the opportunity for peacemaking within it. Author Osheta Moore writes graciously and candidly to white Christians who desire to be a part of God’s story of shalom through the urgent work of racial peacemaking.

Dwell Contemplative Circle

Dwell Contemplative Circle

Wednesday Mornings, September 7 - October 26

6:30 - 7:15 a.m., via Zoom

Connecting to God’s Faithful Love

Would you like to practice dwelling with God this fall? Join us as we connect with God through contemplative prayer. To dwell with God is to allow the presence of God to saturate our senses--to be present to the Presence. We need silence to break through the noise of life so that we can hear Jesus. During our virtual morning contemplative time, we will reflect on scriptures about dwelling with God and practice silence together.

Embracing Shifts

Embracing Shifts

3rd Friday Mornings, September 2022 - April 2023

10:00 - 11:30 a.m., in person

Hearing God Through Transitions

When life shifts, new beauty appears. Re-arrangement is an opportunity for life and growth! Do you feel uncertain or unsettled by changes in your inner or outer world? Would you like to learn heart postures and spiritual practices that will give you courage to trust God more deeply as you walk through these changes?
Embracing Shifts meets monthly and offers a group contemplative experience, listening and responding to the Spirit together. Oriented around a word or a “heart posture” toward God each month, the circle is designed to be a friendly on-ramp to the practices of group spiritual discernment and listening prayer.

See the City Bike Tour

See the City Bike Tour

Saturday, October 1

9:00 - 1:30, in person

Biking in The City that Shapes Us

Come with us on a curated bike tour to hear more about Atlanta’s history! Together, we will experience God in both the beauty and brokenness of our community. This awareness is the beginning of understanding why things came to be as they are today. Who knows? This experience may help you discern how you can be a part of God’s story in our city!

See the City Foundations Circle

See the City Foundations Circle

Day of 10/1 (bike tour), Evenings of 10/5 (zoom), 10/19 (zoom), 11/2 (zoom), 11/16 (dinner)

Mix of In Person and Zoom

Connecting with God’s Story in Our City

Have you ever wanted to connect more to your Atlanta community? Do you want to notice God's story unfolding all around you, from your backyard to the very systems that shape our community? By connecting with the physical land, local neighborhoods and wider community, we can learn to love well where we live!

See the City Pop Up TBD

See the City Pop Up TBD

Saturday, November 5

9:00 - 1:30

Another Chance to See the City

Do you want to go back for one more Atlanta look with Kaleid this fall? Our second See the City live event will be a field trip that complements the first See the City event (the Bike Tour) and will allow us to continue to gain clearer vision for the reality of our city and the stories God is telling here. Mark your calendars and plan to join us! Details will come in October!

Past Circles

See the City

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Serve with Kaleid

M, W, F, July 25, 27, 29

Do you want to see the world from the perspective of refugee children? Do you want to learn from, serve, connect with and welcome children over play, lunch, gardening, physical activties, and art? Join the Kaleid community as we help host Friends of Refugees' Summer Youth Camp.

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Art in Order to See

Mar. 26, noon; Apr. 30, 2:00pm; May 4, 7:00pm

Are you interested in learning how contemporary art helps us to see others and our community? Join other Kaleid woman in listening to the world's longing for a new day through engaging provocative art. We will practice curiosity, humility and hope as we experience the artists' expression of some of the world's largest challenges.

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EAT! Girls Night Out

Friday, June 18, 2021

Join us for a fun night out as we eat dinner in small groups on the Buford Highway corridor in a variety of Asian restaurants. At the end of the evening, we will meet as a larger group for bubble tea to debrief together. We will determine the restaurants and the group size once we see how many people sign up.

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Packing COVID Relief Food Boxes

Summer - Fall 2020

Join other Kaleid ladies as we pack food boxes to share with residents in Clarkston who are experiencing economic distress due to COVID-19. Every Tuesday afternoon in October, gather with a small team of women to organize and pack food boxes and deliver them to local apartment complexes. This Kaleid Circle will meet virtually on 9/29 for orientation, and then we will serve together during the month of October.

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WALK! Contemplative Hike

Saturday, June 26th

See the City by way of a Contemplative Hike. During our hike, we will engage in a time of guided silence, prayer, and reflection based in ancient Chinese Christian liturgy.

See Others

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Kaleid Foundations

This is Kaleid’s most robust and unique offering! Join us as we See Ourselves, See Others, and See the City through new lenses by learning, praying, and following God’s lead, together. One former participant said, “Foundations helped me to see self, others, and the city as a whole, to integrate perspectives and change my thought processes. It helped me to expand and to focus, both! I now have a deeper and closer walk with God and would highly recommend it to friends!”

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Power, Patriarchy, Women, and the Church

Got your attention? We thought so! We are taking time to process the intersection of patriarchy and faith by way of three recent resources: Christianity Today’s The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Kristen duMez’s Jesus and John Wayne, and Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood. We desire to cultivate a thoughtful and open conversation that will lead us toward a better understanding and use of our own power in God’s world.

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Do Justice: Remaining in the Race Conversation

This Kaleid Circle is an opportunity for white women to continue to learn and practice justice when it comes to race, particularly as it pertains to white engagement with justice issues that have long affected our black neighbors.

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On Being Pro Life

Do you feel like a political exile in 2020? Are you struggling with how to process issues that touch your faith and your community as you consider your vote in November? We will be hearing from six guest speakers whose work with those at the margins in Atlanta has helped to shape their views on what it looks like to promote life in relationships, in vocation, in ministry, and in politics.

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WATCH! Movie Night

Come watch the movie "The Farewell" together. The movie is a heartwarming story about a Chinese-American family traveling to say goodbye to a beloved grandmother. We will enjoy popcorn, chocolate, and wine. During the evening, we will watch the movie together and then spend a half an hour or so discussing it.

See Yourself

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Kaleid Spring Retreat

Thursday, April 21 - Friday, April 22

Join Kaleid ladies at the Ignatius House Retreat Center in Northwest Atlanta for an overnight retreat. On the retreat, we are going to be coming home to God’s welcome as we spend time with the Shema, the Old and New Testament teaching to love God with our heart, soul, and strength. Our hope for the retreat is that we would all be reminded again that the space in which we live and move is God’s presence and God’s love: our true home.

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Lent Contemplative Circle

March 2 - April 13

Moses encountered God in the wilderness and heard the voice of God speak to him, “I AM who I AM.” Each week of Lent we will focus on one of the seven great ‘I AM” statements from the Gospel of John. Lent is wilderness time, a time of slowing down to be present to God’s desire for us and our desire for God.

In this series we will engage song, confession, scripture and silent reflection.

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Embracing Shifts: Embodiment

Fridays: Sept. 17 - May 20

Cultivate intentionality to live into shifts happening in your inner and outer worlds. This circle will focus on listening to the Spirit and listening to one another as we practice group discernment. We seek clarity and courage to embody God’s new life in us and in the world.

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Advent Contemplative Mornings

Wednesdays: Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 15, Dec. 22

Would you like to ground yourself in contemplative practices this season and learn more about Advent? Step away from the busy-ness of the Christmas season and enter into the Advent themes of God's hope, peace, love, and joy. We will consider these words through Visio Divina, a practice where we prayerfully invite God's presence as we consider an image.

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The Lord's Prayer Contemplative

Sept. 29 - Nov. 10

Join us for a seven-week contemplative circle where we will spend time with the Lord’s Prayer, lingering over each phrase, listening for love. Come as you are! Invite a friend!