This class will meet virtually via Zoom 7-8pm on the following days: September 10, 17, 24 and October 1
Participants will receive handouts and links to additional reading before each class.
How can we have meaningful, transformative dialogue across sociopolitical and ideological divides? How can we treat others with respect and uphold their humanity even when we vehemently disagree? How can we persist in advocating for social change especially racial equity and justice in our current context? In this four-part online course, we will explore these questions and more from the perspective of compassionate (or, nonviolent) communication. Topics include:
- The Basics of Speaking with Courage and Compassion
- Speaking Up (Instead of Remaining Silent)
- Transforming Our Enemy Images
- Persisting in Conversation When it Gets Tough
Facilitated by Reverend Dr. Theresa Latini, Executive Director of Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, and co-author of Transforming Church Conflict: Compassionate Leadership in Action. Theresa has consulted with congregations and conflicted groups for over a decade and applied the skills of nonviolent communication to the work of diversity and cultural competency in her prior work as a seminary professor and administrator.
$35 per person; $50 max per household; scholarships available