The Duke Center for Reconciliation, in partnership with the Conflict Transformation Ministries of the N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church, will host a discussion and brown-bag lunch on active listening with the Rev. Chris Brady, pastor of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church in Raleigh, N.C. He is also a Duke Divinity School alumnus and former director of Student Life at the school.
Brady will discuss active listening, a communication technique used in counseling, training, and conflict resolution. It requires that the listener fully concentrate, understand, respond and then remember what is being said. Listening actively is an incredibly powerful conflict resolution tool as most people will not listen or contribute to productive problem solving until they feel understood. It’s also harder than most people think.
This discussion is part of a year-long series of conversations about conflict transformation for the Divinity School community to aid in understanding the skills necessary to deal effectively with interpersonal, congregational, and other forms of group conflict. In addition to giving a short presentation and engaging participants’ questions, speakers will provide practical resources and lists of materials to help equip participants in the journey to be more self-aware and more confident as they work in and on conflict.
The Divinity School's Hispanic House of Studies, Methodist House of Studies, and Thriving Rural Communities initiative are co-sponsoring the series.
No registration is required.