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Workshops on Communicating Peacefully to Be Webcast

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Nationally known keynote speaker and presenter Sharon Ellison is dedicated to the belief that learning to communicate with non-defensive power is a crucial key to our capacity for solving the majority of problems we face. She has developed a way of looking at communication that draws a parallel with the war model: we attack, withdraw, and strategize to protect ourselves and gain the upper hand. Ellison’s techniques teach participants to ask questions, make statements, and form predictions that get to the heart of the matter, help in understanding and respecting another’s point of view, and communicate one’s own point of view clearly.

Ellison will be sharing her insights and methods in two workshops to be held in Westminster, Maryland, which can be attended in person or viewed by webcast:

“Taking the War Out of Our Words”
How to use words to reflect a belief in peace

Saturday, November 10, 8:00 am-4:30 pm
Carroll Community College

0.6 Continuing Education Credits available

 

"Taking Power Struggles Out of Parenting"
Communicate honestly with children without getting defensive
Sunday, November 11, 2:00-4:00 pm
Westminster Church of the Brethren

Bethany will be webcasting both events, which are cosponsored by Bethany, the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, and the Mid-Atlantic District. Webcast viewers will be sent login information after registering. Details on the seminars and registration information are available by clicking the links below:
    Taking the War Out of Our Words
    Taking Power Struggles Out of Parenting

Founder and executive director of the Institute for Powerful Non-Defensive Communication, Ellison is a pioneer in the development of methods for eliminating defensiveness and was a nominee for the Leadership for a Changing World Award, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the Advocacy Institute.

Matt Boersma
Master of Arts

MattMy thesis began its journey while learning Hebrew at the University of Notre Dame, back when I was an employee in the Information Technology department. Among the many Hebrew texts read, it was the Song of Songs in particular that caught my attention. I knew that historically it had been interpreted as an allegorical text exploring God's love of Israel (or the church), but I had not encountered the deeply sensual nature of the images and the erotic tone of the text. Reading through the book, the unabashed sexuality of the words struck me as completely different than how the rest of the Bible treats sex. During the previous semester we had read selections of Ezekiel, where sex and female desire is cast as idolatrous and evil. In the Song, it is unashamed and extolled.