Reaching Across Differences: Conversations that Matter in Today’s World
The political storm that has visited the United States over the past few years have exposed a number of social crises. One of these crises is our society’s ongoing struggle to truly hear each other and to help each other discern what sits at the heart of our beliefs, our fears and our desires for a wholesome life. What are some deep listening and inquiry practices that can bring us closer together rather than further apart?
The IRT invites you to come explore and practice conversations that will expand our ability to listen more deeply and discover what truly matters at the core of any conversation.
How can we reflect each other’s sacredness in ways that can help each of us see our true beauty and each other’s heart’s desire to thrive and live a blessed life?
In this four-week program we will explore in depth the core attributes of trust, hope, love and clarity (light) so we can more deftly utilize them in our conversations with people holding very different understandings and beliefs than our own. We will begin by looking at the four core attributes and how they inform our own outlook. Then we will listen to others and share what we have learned from within ourselves.
Each week will work with one of the attributes. Each session will have 4 components. 1st will be an overview and a sharing of gained insights since the previous session. 2nd will be guided self-exploration. 3rd will be small group story sharing of how that specific attribute has been present in our lives. And the 4th component of the session will be large group sharing. This last session will bring the insights from the small groups forward for all, and then conclude with brainstorming around issues in our current social climate that could be impacted by our gained awareness. We will have practice conversation at each stage to improve our ability to listen deeply, reflect back to each other what we are hearing, and then inquire further to discover which attributes we are trying to maintain and promote, and what our life experience has taught us about those core attributes.
The guided self-exploration will be silent reflection and/or journaling. The small group story sharing will utilize the deep listening, affirming and inquiry model.
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- Four evenings in October (7-9 pm): Tuesdays (3,10,17) and Thursday (26)
- Themes: four core attributes (trust, hope, love and clarity/light)
- Approach: self-examination, small and large group discussion
- Location: Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor
- Facilitator: Rev. Susan King, IRT Co-Director
- Cost: $40 (includes all materials)