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.
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Book Club: The Gift of Being Yourself
Sundays, Jan. 29 and Feb. 19
6:00 - 9:00 p.m., including dinner
Knowing Ourselves to Know God
"Our true self-in-Christ is the only self that will support authenticity." - Benner Do you want to explore how genuine self-understanding can lead to spiritual growth? Join us for lively dinner and conversation about David Benner's book The Gift of Being Yourself, a rich but concise exploration of the power of self-knowledge (both "false" and "true" selves) in one's journey of following Christ.
Embodiment - Join God's Story
4th Thursdays, Jan. - April
11:00 - Noon or 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Connecting My Story with God's Story
Do you want to intentionally connect your story, in its everyday reality, with God's stories in the world? Sometimes our ordinary, everyday lives feel disconnected. We want to love with our God-given passions, influence, convictions, and gifts, but we aren’t sure how. This Circle is for women who want to take the time to prayerfully and courageously take their own “next steps” for growth. Through group discussion and individual practice, we will gain clarity about our unique invitation from God to live faithfully, in our own bodies and in our own communities, today.
January Free Contemplative
Wed. Mornings, 1/11 - 25, or Thurs. Lunchtime, 1/12 - 26
6:30 - 7:15 a.m. or 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
Praying with John 3
Have you been wondering how to connect more deeply with God? Are you wanting to start new habits and rhythms of prayer? Join our once-a-year free online contemplative circle. In this 3-week series we will pray and reflect on the story of Jesus' interaction with Nicodemus.
Lenten Yoga Practice
Saturday, March 11
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Connecting Body and Spirit in Lent
Do you desire to connect to your body with greater awareness? Do you wonder how your body’s movement and experience fits into your spiritual life? Join us for a See Yourself Lenten Yoga Practice where we remember Christ’s self-giving love. We will gently connect to our bodies as the space through which we give and receive God's love.
New Life in Christ: Easter Silent Retreat
Monday, May 1
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Making Space for New Life through Silence
Do you want to make space to be with God this spring? Join us for a silent retreat! With the exception of a brief set up for the day in the morning and a chance to debrief the day together at the end of the day. We will offer guidance for the time around a theme of New Life in Christ. Optional, additional opportunities include: engaging with art, nature and a spiritual director.
StrengthsFinder Workshop: Seeing Ourselves in God's Story
Saturday, April 15
8:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Uncovering My Purpose in God's Story
How can we love today from our unique combination of gifts and strengths? Join us for a deeper dive into the Clifton StrengthsFinder with Elizabeth Payne, a certified StrengthsFinder coach, who will help us celebrate our uniqueness as we ask what it means to deploy our strengths in the service of loving ourselves, others, and our city.
See the City
Dear White Peacemakers Book Club
Sunday Evenings, September 11 and 25
“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.
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)
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 Fall Pop Ups
10/15, 10/16, 11/10, 12/4, 12/10
At Kaleid, we want to See our City so that we can love well. This fall, we are gathering in five different places as we seek to know Atlanta more deeply. We love the community of Kaleid and the way that, within it, we can become better listeners, more perceptive understanders, and more faithful participants in the love of God at work in our city.
See the City Bike Tour
Saturday, October 1
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!
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.
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
3rd Friday Mornings, September 2022 - April 2023
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.
And The Word Became Flesh: Advent Visio Divina
11/30 - 12/28, Wednesdays at 6:30 am or 12/1 - 12/29, Thursdays at Noon
Are you wondering how to keep the meaning in your holiday celebration? During this Kaleid Advent Visio Series we will look at five pieces of art to bring us into the wonder and celebration of Christmastide. The artwork will be paired with a phrase from John 1:14. Our contemplative series will give you a space set apart to meaningfully connect with the wonder and mystery of Christ’s incarnation.
Dwell Contemplative Circle
Wednesday Mornings, September 7 - October 26
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.
To Be Made Well Book Club
Wednesdays, June 15 and July 13
Do you long for healing of some sort? Join us for a Kaleid Summer Book Circle as we discuss Amy Julia Becker's new book To Be Made Well! We will enjoy dinner and discussion in a laid back environment as we learn more about the nature of Jesus' healing in our bodies, our communities, and our world. Won't you join us?
To Be Made Well Contemplative Prayer
May 18 - June 25
Kaleid’s Summer Contemplative Prayer Series, “To Be Made Well,” will be a time to ask for and bask in the healing of God for our bodies, for our spirits, and for our world.
Our contemplative mornings together will include time with the three healing stories of Mark 5, and it will include reflection on some God’s gifts and practices designed to nurture our healing. We will engage in the practices of Lectio Divina, Visio Divina, and The Prayer of Examen.
Join us on Wednesday mornings for six weeks from May 18 - June 22 from 6:30 - 7:15 am via zoom. We would love to have you!