How to Have a Difficult Conversation

Sunday, April 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Meadowbrook room 22

Sponsored by UUC’s chapter of Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East

Susan Partnow

Susan Partnow knows difficult conversations. She’s been challenged by conversations in her Jewish family for years, yearning to open their hearts to the Palestinians, striving to keep hers open to their more Zionist perspective. Recently she was reminded how personal stories are the key. When she shared how the American wife of a dear Palestinian friend was barred from entering Israel, was deported and kept from her children, her nephew in Israel wanted to know more, learn about entry requirements, perhaps even meet the Palestinian husband. “We need to share what’s in our heart and listen without judgment,” says Susan, who is passionately committed to inter-cultural understanding, peacemaking and community building. As founder of Global Citizen Journey she has trained participants all over the world, including Kashmir, East and West Africa.

During sessions on April 28 (and again on May 19) she will share with us the essentials of Compassionate Listening. As usual, we’ll start with Middle Eastern finger food.