When the world needs us to sit together, listen and connect
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.
This year also, the Circles were present in Muslim communities in Brussels and Antwerp. Organizations offered 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 organized the Circles just before the meal – as a moment of quiet, introspection and togetherness in Molenbeek, Schaarbeek, Brussels City or Antwerp.
“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”