This Sunday is week 2 of a 4-part series called Agreeing and Disagreeing Love. This week, Reverend Steve Towles invites you to be a pursuer of the Truth and a peaceful warrior against gossip.
Last week, you learned to accept conflict as a normal part of the human experience. You also learned to use your renewed understanding of conflict to recognize that, when it arises, it indicates that there is something missing in us and in the other person. In other words, without this perceived lack, you would be having a different experience. Another lesson, from last week, was to let go of the need to be right. By giving up this need, you free yourself to be more present in your conversations with others. It also helps you allow for each other’s differences.
This Sunday, you will go a step further by learning to take your disagreements directly to the person you conflict with. This direct approach avoids creating triangles where you enlist someone else to address your disagreement. Going direct also fosters humility and develops the strength to consistently show up in this way. Finally, you will learn about active listening. Active listening uses summarizing and validating to ensure understanding before attempting to respond. In our highly charged political environment, managing conflict is essential. Therefore, developing skills to resolve conflict is foundational if we wish to build a world based on mutual support and understanding.
“There are people who would quickly love each other if once they were to speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls had only separated by phantoms and delusions.”
― Ernest Hello
Our special musical guest is award winning flutist-Rona Yellow Robe. She will be accompanied by Bruce Witham and Gary Edwards.
Be a peaceful warrior.