Beyond Us Versus Them: Building Empathy through Dialogue

Fri 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Venue: Relating Arts


BEYOND US VERSUS THEM: BUILDING EMPATHY THROUGH DIALOGUE in the communities in which we live, work and worship in cultural, faith, gender and political groups. Can we reach empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization, and save the earth? (Rifkin, 2009, p. 1) This session includes facilitated discussion, skill practice, self-assessment, and dialogue exercises around the following topics: overcoming prejudice, stumbling blocks to effective communication, listening and speaking up, experiencing dialogue and what works in cultural, faith, gender, and political groups. After sharing personal learning and successes, we will discuss Where Do We Go from Here? Building Bridges with Empathy and Dialogue, Joint Community Action, Compassion Circles, United Religions Initiatives.