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Men's Councils

Men's Councils are a wonderful way to meet with other men interested in doing the kind of Men's Work described here on MenWeb. It's also a way to meet with men to become involved in a small men's group, or to start one. It's in these small groups that the REAL Men's Work, the work that will make a difference in your life, is done.


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Here's a listing for some Men's Councils around the country. This list is not very complete. There are a lot more out there, but we don't (yet) have information on them. To add your council to this list, e-mail the information to Bert Hoff. If you know of a Men's Council that we don't have listed here, please let us know!

 

California:

Sacramento Men's Council.

"Through our courage, passion, playfulness, sensitivity, and compassion we will create healing, community, and brotherhood within a safe space that encourages participation." Motto: "That which unites us is greater than that which divides us." Night work - a monthly circle of 20-30 men who come together in sacred space to drum, chant, read poetry, and tell their truth around a fire or circle of candles on the 2nd Friday of each month. Not Just for Newcomers meeting - place to go to learn more about SVMC and share you experience about SVMC with others on the 1st Thursday of each month. Poetry Near The Park - monthly poetry reading with featured reader and an open microphone on the 3rd Friday of each month. More info on these and other events on their Web site. Questions: Call 974-SVMC.

Nation of Men (San Francisco Bay Area)

The Nation of Men is an devoted to supporting men, men's teams and community. Hosted by the South Bay (San Francisco Bay Area) chapter, one of three active NOM chapters. Their site also hosts the on-line version of their book Metamorphosis: Transformation in Action.

East Bay Men's Network (Oakland/Berkeley area).

"Our purpose is to build community and friendship through sharing our life concerns with other men. We are an affiliation of small groups of men dedicated to the concept of self-help with the leadership function shared by all. We meet weekly on a rotation basis at each other's homes. Members live within an easy drive of the Oakland/Berkeley, CA, hub. Each member is encouraged to develop his facilitation and active-listening skills, and be willing to give and receive feedback. While participation can complement individual therapy, these are support groups, not therapy substitutes. All members are expected to give their group a high priority in their lives. Our groups provide a place where you can

  • be safe to share feelings and viewpoints
  • lessen isolation
  • build friendships
  • speak openly and honestly "

Redwood Men's Center (Northern California).

"We at the Redwood Men’s Center recognize the need for men to come together in community to express and explore ideas which restore wholeness to ourselves and Soul to the world. As healing professionals and men of service, we move beyond the limits of professional psychology, with its exclusive focus on ego concerns, by embracing the deeper needs of Soul through mythos and ritual. We provide a container in which to heal the wounds that result from our lost connection with Soul and support men in bringing this healing back to their communities."

Wide Sky Men's Council (Los Angeles area).

Wide Sky Men's Council (Los Angeles area).

UNITY, DIVERSITY, INDIVIDUALITY We hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people, that each should stand guard over the solitude of each other… once the realization is accepted that even between the closest Human Beings infinite distance continues to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a Wide Sky. A place where the absolute unique expression of life that individual men are, would be acknowledged, listened to, recognized, empowered and most of all appreciated. In the safety of a ritualized container, bounded by honor, integrity and compassion, the wild and woolly raw energy of maleness via drumming, dancing and story telling opens the door to authentic, heart felt expression. The safety of the container allows for the full recognition and appreciation of our shadow side. Without even a hint of judgment or evaluation. The depths of love, rage, tenderness, humor, hurt and caring are allowed full expression. Third Saturday of every month, Odd Fellows Lodge in Bellflower. For more info, visit their Web site or call Ray Bunch at (562) 866-1163 after 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Men's Council. For more info call David Roberts, (410) 377-7609.

Baton Rouge, LA: Baton Rouge area Men's Council. First Thurs. of every quarter: 1/5, 4/6, 7/6, & 10/5/95. Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. For more info, call Jim Trencharcd, (504) 766-8044.

Connecticut:
We don't have any listings for any Connecticut men's councils. But COMEGA, an acronym for the Connecticut Men's Gathering, a well-organized six-year old organization may be able to help you. COMEGA holds bi-annual events, one in the Spring, one in the Fall. Here's info on COMEGA: Wayne Arey 860 727-0000; Ken Johnson (860) 633-7676. Peter Millward (203) 322- 5422 E-mail thedrisin@snet.net. Visit http://www.comega.org for information about the Spring 2000 COMEGA gathering!.

Colorado: You may be able to obtain information from:
    Men's Council Journal
    Box 4795
    Boulder, CO 80306
MenWeb has not confirmed this information.

Fort Lauderdale, FL: Fort Lauderdale Men's Council meets on Sunday Evenings. Contact Gregg Winston at gwinston@satelnet.org or (305) 525-7663.

Indiana:

Fort Wayne, IN: Fort Wayne Men's Gatherings, third Friday, 7-10 p.m. Unity Christ Church, 3232 Crescent Ave. Call Dale Haynes, (219) 744-5085.

Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Men's Council, second Friday of the month, 7-10 p.m., Church of the Savior United Methodist, downstairs, Room 6. The church is at 5400 East 62nd Street, Indianapolis. For information, call (317) 767-5980 or e-mail indmenscouncil@geocities.com. Or visit their Web site.

The Indiana Men's Council is a casual gathering of men. It provides a safe place where men can to come together, open their hearts and minds and share their thoughts, feelings and needs. We meet monthly to drum, read poetry, tell stories and listen to each others thoughts, insights and experiences as men. We invite you to celebrate the male spirit with us!

Wabash Men's Council Greater Lafayette, IN area

Fostering masculine growth is the Wabash Men's Council's single purpose. The goal is to get men in a room, talking about themselves, while providing them with new skills, insights, and supporting their growth. The Wabash Men's Council is forming men's groups and getting them through their first critical meetings until they are self-lead. Other programs are offerred to support the men's groups. It also provides FINDING the FATHER weekend workshop for men. "A Hero's journey of self-examination, initiation and healing. Men support men in reclaiming the "spirit of the father-within." An experiential weekend with archetypes, their symbols, drumming, stories, adventure, and a look at how our relationship with our father affects all the relationships in our lives." Call me, and join a men's group! Dan Bollinger, wabashmen@claycritters.com, 765-497-0150

Juneau, AK: Juneau Men's Wisdom Council. Every Tuesday, 7:00-10:00 P.M. Call Mark Kjerstad, (907) 79O-4555.

Kansas City, MO: Our group meets in one of the member's homes in Kansas City, Missouri each Thursday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. "The Thursday Night Heroes." To me, the notion of a hero denotes someone who engages in an extraordinary activity, with a great deal of risk. Of venturing into the unknown. I feel that our group engages in such activities by taking emotional risks, breaking out of isolation, confronting the societal messages that men are not supposed to openly express feelings, (or for that matter, to acknowledge that men even have feelings), and entering into emotional intimacy with other men. Our group has become a place of masculine community, and has been in existence since 1991. Our group has 7 members, and we may be looking to add up to 2 additional members. The primary contact, at this point, would be through my E-mail hero297348@aol.com. Web site.

Louisville, KY: Men of Louisville, alternate Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Baptist East Hospital Center for Mental Health, 400 Kresge Way,. Call Tim Schladand, (502) 896-7145

Maine: Mainely Men - a twice-yearly gathering.

During the weekend each man may develop new friendships, participate in a program or workshops related to men's issues, become involved in a talent show, relax, enjoy the woods and learn more about himself.

Mainely Men provides a comfortable environment in which men may examine traditional male roles, explore what it means to assume alternative roles. Workshops may focus on such issues as:

  • Improving relationships with fathers, sons, women, children, co-workers or partners
  • Developing intimacy and friendships with other men
  • Nurturing self and others in massage workshops crafts or dance
  • Enjoying spontaneous games or chats
  • Recognizing and reducing homophobia through gay-straight discussion
  • Coping with life challenges such as divorce, aging, loss
  • Learning how to be a better father to sons and daughters
  • Discovering mythic connections through rituals

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: Twin Cities Men's Center.

The mission of the Twin Cities Men's Center is to provide resources for men seeking to grow in body, mind, and spirit and from that foundation to advocate for healthier family and community relationships. Since 1976 the Twin Cities Men's Center (TCMC) has offered:

  • Educational forums (presentations, workshops, conferences),
  • Peer-support groups, and
  • Information about Minnesota men's resources and men's work.
TCMC offers a variety of workshops, brunches, retreats, playshops, presentations and conferences.

Montgomery, AL: Montgomery Men's Center

"The Montgomery Men's Center, Inc. is a not-for-profit educationaland advocacy group which is dedicated to improving men's relationshipswith women, children, themselves, and society."

New Jersey (Summit): The Place

The Place, in Summit, is not, strictly speaking, a Men's Council. But they invite all men to an "Open Discussion Gathering", on Wednesday evenings at the Calvary Parish House, next to the Episcopal Church in Summit, New Jersey, located on the corner of DeForest and Woodlawn Avenues. The topics covered deal with real life issues and the exchanging of personal experiences. The discussion gatherings for '97 - '98 will be based on John Robinson's book Death of a Hero, Birth of a Soul. This is not a therapy group. It is a "Place" to tell your story and hear other Men speak the truth of theirs. Donations of $5 per night or $15 per month are welcomed to help defray expenses and to further the cause of bringing resources to Men in the form of ongoing workshops and lectures. For questions or more information, e-mail THE PLACE at theplace@omniarts.com, or call Larry at (908) 273-3058 or Dale at (973) 491-7261. Or visit their Web site.

New Orleans, LA. New Orleans Men's Center

The New Orleans Men's Center, begun in 1990, is an organization of men dedicated to developing generative masculinity through personal soul work, education and dialogue with men. It provides a meeting place for men to explore their relationships with themselves, each other, their families, significant others, and their communities. We usually meet on the Second Saturday (1:00pm to 4:30pm) and Fourth Friday (7:00pm to 10:00pm) of each month. It holds two retreats annually for men and sponsors other educational and enrichment experiences some of which are also open to women. For info visit their Web site, mail NOMC: George Montero, 605 Hester Ave., New Orleans, La. 70123 or call Georege at (504) 830-5250. E-mail: nomc2@webtv.net

Ohio: Western Reserve Council of Men. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 9-noon. Contact person: Marc Braun (330) 666-8185 mbraun@gte.net

The council is now into it's seventh year going strong. We create a safe environment where men feel free to share who they are without fear of judgement or criticism. We open with ceremony, give men a chance to get current and then proceed to work through a topic which is determined on a yearly basis by all men present. During the summer months, weather permitting, we meet outside in a wooded area.

Orlando, FL: Orlando Men's Council. Contact James Bracewell, 602 N. Knowles #5, Winter Park, FL 32789.

Portland, OR: Metro Men's Spirit Circle, second Saturday of each month, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. Fernwood Grange, Springbrook Rd., Newberg OR. Call Stephan Brock, (503) 538-3559.

The Men's Center of Raleigh and Wake County

The Triangle Men's Center is focused on helping men to grow, enrich and improve their lives through mutual support, personal fellowship and ongoing activities. Its goal is to strengthen men as they occupy the roles of son, father, husband/partner, friend and citizens.

Men helping men become themselves by recognizing and promoting the wholeness and well-being of all men. We provide an opportunity for male self-awareness, fellowship, support, joyfulness and play, and enhancement of men's roles as friend, son, father, husband, partner and citizen. The Men's Center is committed to strengthening the individual, the family and the community.

Their site has articles and poems, as well as copies of their newsletter and information about their support groups and other activities.

Seattle WA and Puget Sound area:

Snohomish County Gathering of Men

A gathering of Men meets the second Saturday of each month, from 8:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church, 8109 224th St S.W., Edmonds, WA 98026. "We are a large gathering of men who meet monthly to sound our drums, to raise our masculine voices, and to speak from the wisdom of our personal life experience. Storytelling centers us in our topic for the   day. Come join our circle. All men welcome." For information contact Davison Stivers (425) 228-4862. Visit their Web page for more details (and a map of how to get there) and to find out the topic for this month.

Yakima, WA

Sage Men's Circle

PURPOSE: Mutual Support, Self-discovery, and Personal Growth

WHAT WE ARE - A confidential, secular, no-cost, support group. We meet for the goal of creating a safe space to be ourselves and discuss issues we face as men. All issues are open for discussion. Each man may determine his own issues, and what feedback, if any, he wishes from the group.

WHAT WE ARE NOT -Therapists, treatment counselors, or experts on anything.

Usually meets 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact: Tom Utterback (509) 573-3309 (home) pr (509) 865-1704 (work), or write to: Sage Men's Circle, 212 S. 36th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, or e-mail us at: sagemenscircle@yahoo.com.

Vancouver, B.C.

Vancouver Men's Evolvement Network

Men supporting each other through life's journey. Check out their Web page to find out about their council and activities.

Victoria, B.C.: Victoria Men's Center

The Victoria Men's Centre is a place for men to gain support, companionship, and a place to share concerns and experiences in a spirit of brotherhood. It is a friendly gathering place for individuals and groups of men to come together and explore ways of improving the world around them. It echoes the ancient pattern of a meeting place where in camaraderie men talk, play games and tell stories.

Washington, D.C. area:
Men's Council of Washington

2nd Sunday (except October-Buffalo Gap gathering) at 7 pm at:
Washington Ethical Society
7750 16th St NW
Pat Noon 703-536-7681
or e-mail to
Bill Bonner 9124 Copenhaver Drive
Potomac, MD 20854-3013

Arlington Men's Council
Last Friday, 8 pm
Arlington UU Church,
George Mason Dr. & Arlington Blvd.
Eric Rodenburg
703-276-0913
1601 N. Taylor Street
Arlington, VA 22207

Baltimore Men's Council
David Roberts
(410) 377-7609

Richmond Men's Center
Don Sale
804-780-2364

Yakima, WA

Sage Men's Circle

PURPOSE: Mutual Support, Self-discovery, and Personal Growth

WHAT WE ARE - A confidential, secular, no-cost, support group. We meet for the goal of creating a safe space to be ourselves and discuss issues we face as men. All issues are open for discussion. Each man may determine his own issues, and what feedback, if any, he wishes from the group.

WHAT WE ARE NOT -Therapists, treatment counselors, or experts on anything.

Usually meets 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Contact: Tom Utterback (509) 573-3309 (home) pr (509) 865-1704 (work), or write to: Sage Men's Circle, 212 S. 36th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902, or e-mail us at: sagemenscircle@yahoo.com.


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