The Wednesday evening sharing circle is comprised of the formerly incarcerated and those who care about them. Following a format specifically designed for “returning citizens,” the evening begins at 6pm with a home-cooked meal accompanied by informal conversation. At about 7pm, we sit around lit candles in a safe, non-threatening forum in which each participant can express his or her current concerns, to be listened to patiently and without judgment, and to offer the same in return to others. This simple yet profoundly affirming process is based on mutual respect, equality and love for one another. Although many Friends might find the Sharing Circle to be meaningful to them, we have limited capacity and it is important to remember for whom the Circle was created.