With only two students in the Integrating Year this year, the learning circle is not so much a circle as a line segment.
There are ten new students coming into the CCS diaconal program this year. At the other end, there are only two preparing to leave. Jim Hatt and Mark Laird arrived at Woodsworth House today for the fall learning circle of their final year at CCS, the Integrating Year.
Normally an Integrating Year learning circle is two weeks long, but because it’s just Mark and Jim this year, CCS Program Staff Ann Naylor decided to organize things a little differently.
“It’s kind of hard to break into pairs to discuss something and then come back to the whole group when there’s only two.”
Instead of one 2-week circle in the fall and one in the spring, Jim, Mark, and Ann will be meeting for a 4-day learning circle this week, followed by a series of half-day sessions via Skype, and a 3-day learning circle in November to be held in Southern Ontario where both Jim and Mark are working. A similar arrangement will be made for the spring, ending with a Winnipeg learning circle in April and their graduation from the diaconal ministries program at CCS.