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Washington Post Article on DC Workshop

by Facilitator on April 25, 2010

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Newsweek/Washington Post online magazine has just posted an article on our workshop on Capitol Hill. You can check it out here.

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Fear and Loathing in the Political Process

by Facilitator on April 16, 2010

capitol-building-picture_2We’re partnering with the Faith and Politics Institute , for an evening presentation and a day-long workshop with congressional members and their staff.  Our first presentation will be on in the capitol building Wednesday, April 21, from 7-9pm. You can register hereHere is the title and description:

 Fear and Loathing in the Political Process: Transforming Destructive Emotions for Effective Leadership

 

Fear, loathing, and outrage are inevitable dynamics within the political process. Being consumed by them, however, is self-defeating. Politics can devour us from within, fuel polarization and conflict, or become personally transformative and responsive to public concerns. This workshop explores ways of taming the inevitable reactivity within us and transforming it into an empowered freedom that promotes personal wholeness and effective political discourse.

We will then lead a day-long workshop, at the capitol on Friday, April 23, from 9 am to 4 pm.  We are currently seeking to make this workshop open to the public.

Beyond Conflict and Conformity: The Politics of Empowered Compassion

In politics we care deeply about public concerns and the principles that should guide them. Inevitably, we find ourselves pitted against people who are equally passionate about contrary positions. Often, a heated battle ensues, fueled by vitriolic rhetoric and hard-ball aggressiveness. The only responses seem to be to fight back with similar weapons, or cave in and lose the battle. Both leave us resentful. Fighting back only intensifies the conflict; caving in degenerates into political powerlessness. At best, a compromise is hammered out that satisfies neither party, but hostilities seemingly cease until the next hot button concern is raised.

This workshop explores a third way beyond conflict or caving in. The way of empowered compassion enables a person to be grounded in one’s own sense of truth and power while simultaneously open to the truth and power within a political opponent. Such a posture sustains one’s soul, defuses conflict, and creates the conditions for genuine dialogue and creative, collaborative problem-solving.

 

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Congressional Leaders Sponsor DC Presentation

by Facilitator on March 24, 2010

We just received word that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) have both agreed to be honorary co-hosts for our public event in Washington DC on Wednesday, April 21st.  Sponsored by the Faith and Politics Institute, this evening presentation will begin with a reception at 5:30,pm, followed by a 90 minute presentation entitled, “Transforming Destructive Emotions for Effective Leadership.”  For more information go to the Faith and Politics website.

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The people of Zimbabwe aren’t the only ones in need of healing and reconciliation…

We’ve been in conversation with the Institute for Faith and Politics in Washington DC hoping to do an event that will address the polarization and animosity that exists within the political culture of the U.S.  It now looks like we’ll co-sponsor an evening event, on the hill, that will focus on the difficult emotions that arise when working with people on opposite sides of the political spectrum.  Faith and Politics works with congressional leaders and staff, seeking to remind them of the values that come from faith traditions.  We’re working on recruiting both a Democrat and Republican congressperson to sponsor the event.  The evening event is tentatively scheduled for April 28th, 2010 and will be aimed at congressional leaders.  Following the evening presentation we’ll do a day long workshop, in Washington, open to the public.  The working title for the daylong workshop is “Working with Difficult People Without Losing Your Soul.”  We’re still working on a location.  The workshop which will be free.  More later…

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