In an A-stage cluster within the Southwest region, the expansion phase of their latest growth cycle included conversations about community building with students on two local college campuses.
Today teams went to form bonds of friendship with students at _____ College. The concept of ‘community building’ was shared, and [we engaged in conversation] about ways that could improve the community in their own neighborhood.
Almost all that were approached were invited to join a study circle that will be held on campus. Amazing conversations happened! There is such a diversity of students at ______ College that it is like a beautiful garden!
On each succeeding day [of the expansion phase], more students were interested and expressed their desire to participate in a study circle that will be launched on October 25 at [the] College! It is so rewarding to find such purposeful youth who have hope that they can change their community and want to make a difference in the lives of the junior youth!
“Even the most modest estimates suggest that there are now tens of thousands who participate in periodic campaigns to establish ties of friendship, on the basis of shared understanding, with those previously regarded as strangers.” (Universal House of Justice, Ridvan 2010)