a group that meets regularly to study something, generally a workbook. in the Bahá'í Faith, study circles are usually a part of the institute process, and combine study of the text at hand with acts of service and community development. see institute process, ruhi, FUNDAEC. along with devotional meetings and children's classes, one of the three main core activities.
a gathering of a small group of people coming together to discuss the same issue
a process for small-group deliberation
a small-group-discussion format to seek understanding and a common ground when people face difficult issues and hard choices
a small group of adults-members of a social circle, a church, a union, or a work group-who choose to meet together regularly to study, to read, and to discuss
a small group of people gathered in someone's home or a public building to learn about a subject in a participatory manner
a small group of ten-to-fifteen people who meet regularly for a period of time to address a major public issue in a democratic and collaborative way
a stimulating, informal, and inexpensive way to learn through shared group effort and experience
a way for large numbers of people to join in the process of making their future on their own terms and in their own way
A study circle consists of a series of informal, face-to-face discussions that take place over a period of time. The process emphasizes cooperative and integrated learning, democratic participation and mutual respect. It is usually used to share ideas and opinions on social, political and community issues. The format is flexible enough to meet a variety of participant and organizational needs in many different settings. (Level 5 activity)
A study circle is a small group of people who meet multiple times to discuss an issue. Study circles may be formed to discuss anything from politics to religion to hobbies. They are differentiated from clubs by their focus on exploring an issue or topic rather than on activities or socializing.