What we're about

We are an Open Men’s Circle. Our meetings are free and open to any man willing to follow some simple ground rules about respectful listening, confidentiality and safety. Starting in September 2020, we will be meeting once a month, from 7 to 9:00 PM on the first Thursday of the month. When we meet in person, we will meet in a community room at the Church of the Holy Spirit on the Green in West Haven. Until then we will meet via Zoom.

Who are we?

We are men cultivating emotional maturity, personal mastery, compassion, and commitment in ourselves and in each other. We find that being open with other men in a safe and confidential circle helps us to be clearer, stronger, more effective, and more loving in our lives.

Why join us?

Whether you are taking on your next challenge, sorting out your feelings, or learning to be more compassionate to yourself, the Open Men’s Circle is a place to hone in on what’s true and important in your life.

We challenge and deeply support one another to celebrate our successes, move past our failures, and be fully alive.

Feeling proud, joyful, sad, enthusiastic, angry, afraid or ashamed? Your feelings are welcome here. Are you facing a change, or wanting one? Do your actions line up with your intentions? Are you living your life as you want to, or do your feelings and fears get in the way? Our Open Men's Circle is a place to figure out what you want in your life and take steps to make it happen.

What happens in our meetings?

When we meet in person, we sit on chairs in a circle. When in Zoom, we will be in the Zoom "Hollywood Squares" setting. We listen from our hearts as men take turns sharing their truths. A man may ask a clarifying question, but the expectations are that we will not judge, criticize, or provide our opinions of what another man said. We offer advice only if a man asks for it. We encourage men to keep stories short and speak to the heart of the matter - what he feels, what’s real, what’s important, what hurts, what’s in the way, what his next step will be.

Please come free of alcohol and drugs.

The co-leaders of the Greater New Haven Men's Open Circle met through The Mankind Project, an international organization offering personal development programs that empower men to lead lives of integrity, authenticity, and service. The mankind project is non-profit, non-political and non-religious. ( http://mankindproject.org ).

For more information or to register

Please go to www.Meetup.com (http://www.meetup.com/), look for and join the Greater New Haven Men's Open Circle, and register for an upcoming meeting. There is no cost or obligation to joining. We do appreciate it when you let us know through Meetup that you are planning to attend, so we can plan accordingly. You can also contact our co-leaders directly via e-mail:

Bob Congon at bobcongdon1@comcast.net

Isaiah Cooper at icooper@cooperlaw.net

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Greater New Haven Open Men's Circle

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We are an Open Men’s Circle. Our meetings are free and open to any man willing to follow some simple ground rules about respectful listening, confidentiality and safety. We are men cultivating emotional maturity, personal mastery, compassion, and commitment in ourselves and in each other. We meet monthly, from 7 to 9:00 PM generally on the first Thursday of the month. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been meeting remotely using Zoom. When we can return to meeting in person, we will meet in a community room at the rear of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516, the brown stone church across from the West Haven town green. You can read more about us here: https://www.meetup.com/Greater-New-Haven-Mens-Open-Circle/ To attend, first join the group, then indicate that you plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings.

Greater New Haven Open Men's Circle

Online event

We are an Open Men’s Circle. Our meetings are free and open to any man willing to follow some simple ground rules about respectful listening, confidentiality and safety. We are men cultivating emotional maturity, personal mastery, compassion, and commitment in ourselves and in each other. We meet monthly, from 7 to 9:30 PM on the first Monday of the month. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been meeting remotely using Zoom. When we can return to meeting in person, we will meet in a community room at the rear of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516, the brown stone church across from the West Haven town green. You can read more about us here: https://www.meetup.com/Greater-New-Haven-Mens-Open-Circle/ To attend, first join the group, then indicate that you plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings.

Greater New Haven Open Men's Circle

Online event

We are an Open Men’s Circle. Our meetings are free and open to any man willing to follow some simple ground rules about respectful listening, confidentiality and safety. We are men cultivating emotional maturity, personal mastery, compassion, and commitment in ourselves and in each other. We meet monthly, from 7 to 9:30 PM on the first Monday of the month. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been meeting remotely using Zoom. When we can return to meeting in person, we will meet in a community room at the rear of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516, the brown stone church across from the West Haven town green. You can read more about us here: https://www.meetup.com/Greater-New-Haven-Mens-Open-Circle/ To attend, first join the group, then indicate that you plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings.

Greater New Haven Open Men's Circle

Church of the Holy Spirit

We are an Open Men’s Circle. Our meetings are free and open to any man willing to follow some simple ground rules about respectful listening, confidentiality and safety. We are men cultivating emotional maturity, personal mastery, compassion, and commitment in ourselves and in each other. We meet monthly, from 7 to 9:30 PM on the first Monday of the month. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been meeting remotely using Zoom. When we can return to meeting in person, we will meet in a community room at the rear of the Church of the Holy Spirit, 28 Church Street, West Haven, CT 06516, the brown stone church across from the West Haven town green. You can read more about us here: https://www.meetup.com/Greater-New-Haven-Mens-Open-Circle/ To attend, first join the group, then indicate that you plan to attend one of our upcoming meetings.

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Greater New Haven Open Men's Circle

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