Despite our best efforts, it’s tremendously difficult for organizations, families and communities to work and relate together without being affected if not divided by our different viewpoints, interests and needs.
These differences limit us and waste precious time and resources. They prevent us from solving problems we care about, individually and collectively. Our inability to resolve them more effectively creates gridlock, broken relationships, and frustration.
Contemplative Dialog is a practice that offers ways to overcome those divisions. It is one method by which a group can engage in contemplative practices as means of prayer, discernment, and discussion. It supports individuals and groups in showing up in ways that make a measurable difference in the quality of life and outcomes we create.Because we are paying attention to the field of relationship (the WE space) among us, this slow-moving manner of dialogue deepens our sense of union. Our intention is to move beyond the personal as we probe significant ideas together and listen deeply for truth in another’s point of view. Contemplative dialogue is a means of readying the ground for collective transformation, for helping shift from I to WE, from individualism to communion. It supports building a shared approach that is effective, practical, and better allows us to do what we do best.
Liz Sweeney, SSJ, serves as a spiritual director and facilitator of small groups here at Jesus House and at times with Congregations of women religious.
Registration: Cost is $40 per person which includes lunch. Sign up below or call our office at 302-995-6859 to register. Lunch is included in the price.