“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).
Listening is hard work. It’s too easy to fall into planning our next response, instead of listening to what’s actually being said.
This two-part workshop will look at listening as a ministry. It will include some suggestions and exercises to deepen our practice of listening to others, even others who differ from us, even those with whom we have profound disagreements.
According to Benjamin Mathes, founder of Urban Confessional: A Free Listening Movement:
“Listening is the heart’s way of being available to the world. When the world is spinning out of control, and we can’t seem to find our feet, listening is the moment of calm where clarity is possible. . . .
In tragedy, listen.
In panic, listen.
In confusion, listen.
When everything around you is telling you to shut down, open the ears of your heart, and listen.”
Facilitator: The Rev. Mary Lee Wile
When: Two Tuesdays—September 25 and October 9
3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.