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Compassionate Communication Practice Group meets on Saturday mornings from 9:45 to 11:45 in the foyer. Contact Anne Olsen, afleming528@gmail.com or Barbara Singer, barbara.singer@gmail.com for information about this ongoing program. A new workshop is to begin on Saturday, January 23.

Background: Since 2005 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.