There are life crises that are corporate – like a pandemic – but there are individual crises too: Moving. The death of a loved one. Job loss. Divorce. The causes are legion. But a time tested and effective way of lessening the burden is to tell the unfolding story to a compassionate listener.
The world will always benefit from more people who know how to listen; especially in times of turmoil and change. Effective, active listening can be taught. That is why Christ Church Easton is offering three Monday series called “Walk in Love.” Presenter Catherine Murphy is the leader of one of Christ Church Easton’s pastoral care communities. Come learn. Come find healing. Come be equipped to support those who need a compassionate listener to walk with them.
Session 1: Listening as an Act of Love is focused on the basics of how we, as humans, hear and listen to one other. It is an examination of everything that hinders and blocks us from being our best possible selves when we engage in listening to others. This first session also reflects on the reasons deep listening is an act of love to ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors.
Session 2: Listening with Empathy & Compassion initially builds on the intentions identified in the first session but goes further into the skill sets attributed to empathetic and active listening. Sessions one and two ask audience members to look inward and consider what types of listeners they are and what types of listeners they want to become.
Session 3: Listening as a Way to Walk with Those who Suffer or Grieve utilizes the information and skills outlined in the first two sessions to put forward the concept that deep listening and the gift of presence can offer succor and support to those who are suffering.
• Walk in Love is a free series comprised of three, stand-alone sessions.
• The sessions are open to the public and will take place in the church.
• Each session will be recorded.
• Register at the website link noted above for one, two, or all three sessions.