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Compassionate Communication

Facilitator: Karen Esslinger

Compassion is an essential lesson that Jesus embodied and taught.  We strive to discover ways in which we can more fully live compassion in our own lives and wish to cultivate this along with others who also desire to live more compassionately. 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is based on the principles of nonviolence-- the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart as originally taught by Marshall Rosenberg.  NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.  People who practice NVC have found greater authenticity in their communication, increased understanding, deepening connection and conflict resolution.  (From the New York Center for Non-Violent Communication)

There are currently no Classes or Practice Groups scheduled but are in the process of revising the program.  If you are interested in learning more in a class or practice group, please contact the church office.  You can find more information and additional resources here:

Compassionate Communication Practice Group resource page

Non-Violent Communication Course - original program

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