Listening Workshop

March 17, 2017

Listening Workshop


How can I connect with people when they are in crisis?

How can I show God’s love in situations that are filled with conflict and disagreement?

What is a Christian supposed to do to heal our world?

If you are asking these questions in your life, join us for a weekend of updating your listening skills.

Friday, April 7, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
and Saturday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Led by Rev. Bill Kirby

Registration by contacting the church office, at the Welcome Center, or email Patty Harvey.

$20.00 for Saturday lunch and snacks. Child care and/or scholarships are available upon request.

Attentive listening is a spiritual discipline. Attentive listening integrates the spirit, the cognitive, the emotions and the behaviors into one Whole. The caregiver listens to another person’s spiritual and emotional concerns that occur on one’s spiritual journey.

Caregivers, who serve as the ecclesia or the priesthood of all believers, make a unique contribution to another person’s well-being when they listen. The spirituality of the listening process can bring revelation, calmness, insight and contentment. Listening is awareness, attentiveness, availability, focus and love.

Caregivers listen to the exigencies of another person’s life. The integration of listening to both the spiritual and the emotional is the uniqueness of Caregivers. The focus of this training is that listening is an answer. Listening is an alternative to sharing our own opinions and telling people what they should do. Listening will be an answer from a caregiver.

Our caregiving can be implemented and utilized in many parts of our daily lives. We can listen in relationships, family situations, at work, at school, at church, during a meal. You can share your skills in any appropriate life context.

Most of the training will be done by peers gently helping and guiding their peers to rehearse points made in presentations. We will use triads for behavioral rehearsal. The elements of our caregiving philosophy, theology, and ethics are:

Positive             Reinforcing              Gentle             Empathic

Confidential      Loving                     Caring            Grace-filled

What we avoid:

We do not interrupt, diagnose, treat, judge, criticize, or advise what to do.

We do not ask controlling questions or share confidential information.

The Seminar on April 7 and 8 will focus on the development of listening skills. One will learn, renew, refresh and rehearse attentive listening skills such as paraphrasing, summarizing, feedback, open-ended questions and body language. We will seek to create safe places to rehearse how to ask persons where they are in their spiritual journey?  We will model some techniques for listening for the gentle voice of God in addition to listening to each other.

Micah 6:8

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?