Sunday, February 17 – Empathy Across the Boundaries of What Divides Us at 12:15 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Recognizing and sharing someone else’s emotional state is a complex inner experience. It calls on self-awareness, the ability to distinguish between your own feelings and those of others, the skill to take another’s perspective, and the ability to recognize emotions in others as well as oneself. Whether its political, cultural, religious, or racial boundaries, come learn how to reach across the aisle with empathy and understanding. Led by Dr. Edith Guffey, Conference Minister for the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Empathy Heart

Sunday, March 17 – Being Empathetic When There Are No Words at 12:15 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

C.S. Lewis in his memoir “A Grief Observed,” writes about the loss of his wife to cancer, “I see people as they approach me, trying to make up their minds whether to say something about it or not. I hate if they do, and if they don’t.” There is no silver bullet when it comes to being there for someone in their darkest hour. It’s important though to try and not make things worse. Come learn how to not make your defenses offensive!

Sunday, April 28 – Finding the Heart of Empathy through Forgiveness at 12:15 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Forgiveness is the most precious but challenging gift a person can give to another. We struggle with forgiveness because we are in pain, we are angry that someone caused that pain, we want them to hurt as much as we do especially when we believe they don’t get it.  Using empathy as a tool, is it possible to forgive and to move on? Come learn how.

Sunday, May 19 – The Zen of Empathy at 12:15 p.m. in Havighorst Lounge

Fine-tuning your gut and your intuition goes a long way in being empathetic to others. So does just showing up when the need arrives. Let’s discover what we’ve learned and how to put it into practice.

Wednesday Evening Book Study

There is No Good Card for This: 
What to Say and Do When Life is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love
Wednesdays, January 16, 23, 30 
6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. in the Library

Dr. Kelsey Crowe and Emily McDowell have written a practical, interesting, and frankly fun guide for caring when it really matters. We will spend three Wednesday evenings reflecting on the chapters which include: Laying Some Groundwork (January 16); The Three Touchstones of Showing Up (January 23); and Just Help Me Not Be A Disaster (January 30).