This one-day workshop introduces a simple yet profound process: how to prevent or peacefully resolve differences by connecting with another person’s feelings and needs. You may also connect more deeply and authentically with your own feelings and needs. This approach, used world-wide to resolve disputes, is also known as “Nonviolent Communication”, or “NVC”, developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg. Workshop content: The purpose of Constructive Communication “Power Over” vs. “Power With”: the intention behind the model The Jackal and the Giraffe: How life stances affect the language we use The four steps of......
Turning the Text: Midrashic Biblical Imagination for Preachers and Congregations How might we approach the biblical texts used in preaching and worship with a holy, open, even playful imagination that can inspire courageous, engaged and faithful living in a North American religious climate in which the Bible has often been weaponized, idolized, or even abandoned? One approach is with a midrashic biblical imagination, which has its roots within the Bible itself, and among its earliest Jewish rabbinic interpreters. Midrashic imagination “turns and turns the text” (Pirkei Avot 5:22) with an openness to the polyvalence of biblical......