For several years, we at SNUUC have been engaged in workshops which are aimed at fostering healthy communication between partners, at work, in the family, and in any interpersonal relationship that develops. Our 13 -week workshop series in Compassionate Communication works with the text Nonviolent Communication – A Language of Life, 2nd ed, by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD. and related interactive exercises to strengthen the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart.
Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) said that "Nonviolence means allowing the positive within you to emerge." Building on this concept, the Compassionate Communication practice group has become a vital small group ministry at SNUUC, open to all adults and youth (11th grade and up). Participants have reflected on the depth of connections made within the group as well as the potential for transformation in all their relationships as they learn to communicate compassionately and clearly with new skills and empathy.
Our next 13-session series begin on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for 13 Saturday mornings. Pre-registration is requested and attendance at the first six sessions (fundamental track) is required of "newbies." Also, we will be running a series of Empathy Circles for those people who have already completed a class series of Compassionate Communication and are well versed in the basics of Rosenberg's NVC. These groups will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and the first meeting will be on Monday, September 16th. If you plan on attending the fall class series or one of the Empathy Circle gatherings, or know someone who is interested in joining us, please contact Anne Fleming (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Barbara Singer (email@example.com) to learn when the next scheduled program begins.