January 2018: Tools for Communicating Across Lines of Belief

January 2018 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

Tools for Communicating Across Lines of Belief: An Experience of Connecting Communication

Thursday, January 11, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, Room 10
1490 Fulham St, St Paul, MN 55108 (View Map)
Parking on street or behind Center (Campus map and parking information here)

Connecting Communication, also known as Nonviolent Communication or NVC, is a very practical model for moving from judgment to connection in everyday relationships. It gives you tools for understanding your own and others’ motivations and can help you come to empathy and express yourself one-to-one, in groups, and even on social media in ways that help people to really hear you.

According to this model, human needs are universal; strategies to meet these needs vary. One could look at religions as differing strategies to meet universal needs for meaning, understanding, salvation, and connection.

The founder of Nonviolent Communication, Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D. (1934 – 2015) was a Jew who used his model to mediate between groups of people in conflict, often people of different religions, including between Israeli Jews and Palestinians and between Bosnians and Serbs. In this Midday Dialogue we will learn a little about Rosenberg’s spirituality and how it related to his work with people of different faiths, and we will learn enough about his model to get an experience of moving from judgment to empathy in situations from our own lives.

About the Speaker: Pam Winthrop Lauer is a spiritual director and teacher of Nonviolent Communication/Connecting Communication who also offers “spiritual direction-infused NVC coaching” in St. Paul, MN. Pam’s ongoing NVC training included a workshop with Marshall Rosenberg, the late founder of NVC. Pam received certification from the Lev Shomea Jewish Spiritual Direction Training program where she was a member of the first cohort in 2001.

Free, open to all. (Free will offering) Doors open at 11:15 a.m.; lunch is available in the cafeteria; bag lunches welcome.