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We have the choice

We have a Choice has grown out of a voluntary citizens’ initiative by Kristin Verellen – who lost her life partner in the attacks of Maelbeek on 22 March 2016 – and a circle of friends. In a world where intransigence, polarization, extremism, blind violence and terror lead to traumatizing situations, we want to build a culture of inclusive togetherness inclusion and dialogue.

Circles

The Circles, guided by professional facilitators, offer a qualitative moment in which we become still and quiet, then share with each other in words or in silence what is going on inside of us.

In addition “We have the choice” also develops other projects to support its mission.

Ramadan Circles

This year also, the Circles will be present in Muslim communities in Brussels and Antwerp. Organizations offer an iftar meal to their communities during the month of Ramadan. The iftar meal marks the breaking of the Muslim fast every day at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar gatherings are joyous moments of togetherness, with food and drinks being shared, often with a whole community. We organize the Circles just before the meal – as a moment of quiet, introspection and togetherness. You are invited to join us in Molenbeek, Schaarbeek, Brussels City or Antwerp. Check our calendar of activities here.

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“Thank you for this space to think about our love, our loss and all that we share… It was a moment to come down from our busy-ness, to allow ourselves time and space to reflect and feel, and to share both laughter and tears…. Suzy”

“I treasure these moments of stillness together in the circles.  I feel connected with myself, with the others, with the world.  I can welcome the emotions, stories and reflections that we share in the group, through silence and through words. I return home with more clarity. Dorothy”
18May '18

In the press

Pat Donnez will have an hour-long interview with Kristin Verellen in his Sunday radio show Berg en Dal on May 27 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (in Dutch) A nice interview with Kristin Verellen by Rik Van Puymbroek appeared on March 17 in De Tijd. (in Dutch) You can read and download it here : Kristin Verellen - [...]

Circles & activities

8Jun '18

Open Circle Ramadan Cérise d’Eté Schaarbeek

  • When Friday, June 8 at 7:30 pm
  • Where GC De Kriekelaar, Rue Gallaitstraat 86B, 1030 Schaarbeek
  • What This year also, the Circles will be present in Muslim communities in Brussels and Antwerp. Organizations offer an iftar meal to their communities during the month of Ramadan. The iftar meal marks the breaking of the Muslim fast every day at sunset during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar gatherings are joyous moments of togetherness, with food and drinks being shared, often with a whole community.
    We organize the Circles just before the meal – as a moment of quiet, introspection and togetherness.
  • In partnership with GC De Kriekelaar and Citizenne
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
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3Jun '18

Circle Closing event Johan Van Steen Photography Contest Brussels

  • When Sunday, June 3 at 3 pm
  • Where BOZAR, Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
  • What an open Circle on the theme of Hope
  • In partnership with CVO-COOVI and Scholengroep Brussel
  • Entrance Free
  • Registration Obligatory
Register now
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