Conversations That Matter: Nonviolent Action: Social Transformation

Conversations That Matter
Nonviolent Action: Social Transformation

According to theologian and social activist, Thomas Merton, “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence.” What is true nonviolent action? What does nonviolence look like in our interpersonal relationships, our work environments, our community and civic engagement? What is the connection between fear of the other and violence? What are the roots of gender violence? Join us as we learn to create transformative environments of reverence and trust.

This workshop is designed to provide participants with potentially transformative communication skills, emphasizing both self-reflective and other-centered listening. In addition to explorations of the role of perception and empathy in meaningful dialogue, three listening ‘filters’ will be examined: internal monologue, socio-cultural bias and assumptions, and ego.  Empowering ways of asking questions will also be discussed. The workshop will conclude with a reflection on how to move from reactivity to meaningful dialogue.

Cost includes lunch. Some scholarship assistance available.


Sharon Browning