A Circle of Empathy: How to Build Bridges Between Progressive and Conservative Mormons
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, AT 11:00 AM
Members of the Mormons Building Bridges steering committee will be presenting a workshop entitled “A Circle of Empathy: How to Build Bridges Between Conservative and Progressive Mormons” at the 2014 Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the University of Utah Olpin Student Union Building.
The path of a progressive Mormon is often a lonely one; likewise, conservative Mormons can feel isolated as they feel their faith challenged by family and community. In an effort to provide potential solutions, members of the Mormons Building Bridges Steering Committee will present effective communication strategies that can empower both progressive and conservative Mormons. Topics will include the importance of listening and speaking authentically, not trying to fix, save, persuade, or teach others and empowerment through acceptance, fostering diversity and supporting others’ beliefs, identities and life-decisions. Chairs will be placed in a circle and audience participation will be encouraged.
If you’ve always wanted to bring a conservative friend to a Sunstone workshop, this session will give them the opportunity to listen to the progressive point of view and express their own views without being attacked.
Mormons Building Bridges Steering Committee Panel: Erika Munson, Anne McMullin Peffer, Sherri Park, Corey Howard, Doree Burt, and Susan Dortch Mikesell