Q: What is the role of the SeekersCircle Coordinator? Will I have to teach?
A: The SeekersCircle Coordinator’s role is to facilitate the Circle. Generally speaking, you must find a location for the Circle, login for your community to view the telecasts, print out handouts provided on the telecast website, and relay information to and from your Circle to the SeekersCircle regional coordinator.
Q: I have a lot of responsibilities between family, work, etc. Can I have a co-host?
A: Yes, you may have a co-host if you won’t be available to coordinate every session. It’s always good to have a back-up plan!
Q: If someone misses a class, can I give them my password to view the class at their own time?
A: SeekersCircles are meant to be viewed in community. Your password is for you and your co-host’s eyes only. Attendees who miss a class can be provided with the handout from that class, but not your personal login information. Another viewing time can be scheduled for those who missed the original telecast, if you are present. This especially works when there are a couple of attendees weren’t present for the class.
Q: Can my SeekersCircle be gender-specific?
A: SeekersCircles should be open to men and women, young and old. Spaces should be provided for all, and no one should be turned away. There are exceptions and these can be discussed with your region coordinator.
Q: I have to travel or cannot attend all the SeekersCircle sessions. Can I postpone/delay our Circle?
A: You shouldn’t be more than three weeks behind a SeekersCircle session. If you fear that you will fall further behind due to personal commitments, appoint an assistant co-host to keep the Circle going while you can’t.
Q: I’m already a SeekersCircle Coordinator. How do I register for the new session?
A: Once we have you in our system as a Circle Coordinator, you are automatically enrolled for the next session unless your participation becomes inactive, in which case your Circle will be discontinued.
Q: Where should I hold the SeekersCircle?
A: A public institution such as a library, meeting room, masjid, community center, etc. is highly recommended and encouraged, but if there is a problem securing a public space, we do accept home locations, with the understanding that the Circle will be moved eventually to a public location.
Q: Approximately how long is each SeekersCircle session?
A: SeekersCircles run anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks, and each class is anywhere from 40 minutes to 2 hours.
Q: Do I need to purchase the book?
A: It is not necessary to purchase the book, as the teacher will provide notes for each chapter, but it is helpful if you want to read the original text upon which the circle is based.
Q: Can I email the handouts to my Circle members?
A: Handouts are to be printed out, rather than emailed so that they stay within the Circle.
Q: Can we watch the telecasts live?
A: Currently, all SeekersCircles groups view recorded telecasts, rather than live. Since SeekersCircles is global, broadcasting live would not work for many locations.
Q: Can I see a sample handout or class?
A: All handouts and videos are hosted our online platform, and they are available to you once you become a SeekersCircle coordinator.
Q: How do we access the telecasts?
A: Telecasts are viewed online, and are streamed via our online platform. They aren’t downloadable.
Q: How are our questions answered by the teacher?
A: The SeekersCircle Coordinator takes questions from attendees after every class session, and posts them to the class forum. The teacher will answer those questions in the next class session, which is another reason to be as up-to-date as possible with your sessions.
Q: What are some tips for running a successful Circle?
- Cater to your community’s needs.
- Make your Circle personal. If your community has a lot of attendees who have children, look into whether someone could volunteer to babysit or provide a space or materials for children to play. Or encourage parents to bring quiet toys for their children.
- Have a sign-in sheet for new attendees and put them on your contact list to keep in contact.
- Make your Circles potluck events or encourage attendees to volunteer a meal for one class.
- Play to everyone’s strengths. If attendees are unfamiliar with some of the classical Arabic text, feel free to make a handout for them or have a more knowledgeable attendee spend some time explaining a concept.
Q: Is the text always a classical text?
A: Yes, the text is always classical. So far we have studied Mizaan al Amal (The Criterion of Balance in Action), Bidaya tul Hidaya (The Beginning of Guidance), The Alchemy of Happiness, A Return to Purity in Creed and others.
Q: What now? How do I become a SeekersCircle Coordinator?
A: Request the SeekersCircle Coordinators Guide, secure a location, and provide this information as well as your name and email to your Regional Coordinator.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.