Civil Conversations Class

Has anyone been watching the news recently? Protests across the country, and indeed, around the world, over the death of George Floyd. Armed men and women marching on the statehouse in both Ohio and Michigan, protesting the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus and covid-19. Political polarization that is played out in how we talk to one another in our workplace, at church, and at home.

It seems as though our world has forgotten how to be civil and have conversations about issues such as politics, race, religion, disability, LGBTQ, and gender, among other things.

If you are interested in doing something positive about the current polarization that exists, I invite you to join us beginning Sunday, June 21 from 10:15-11:00 am for an online study of “We Can’t Talk About That.” This should be a 7-8 week study that is intended to help us learn to talk about difficult topics in a way that is helpful, not hurtful.

– Rev. Roger Grace

Respectful Communications Guidelines

R = take Responsibility for what you say and feel without blaming others
E = use Empathetic listening
S = be Sensitive to differences in communication styles
P = Ponder what your hear and feel before you speak
E = Examine your own assumptions and perceptions
C = keep Confidentiality
T = Trust ambiguity because we are not here to debate who is right or wrong

(Much of this came from Kaleidoscope Institute for use in group settings.)

SMART Goals

Specific
Measurable
Attainable
Realistic
Timely

In order for goals to be reached, they must be able to fit into all the following
categories. Therefore, an action plan is necessary to achieve any accepted goals.