Jackson Center Initiatives
The Jackson Center Proudly Presents: The Community Conversations Initiative
What is it?
The Community Conversation Initiative, an outgrowth of the 2015-2017 Lackey Chapel Social Justice Meetings facilitated by Marva Lackey, is a project sponsored by Coastal Carolina University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values.
- Create a safe space for community conversations that feature compassionate listening and openness to diversity as a foundation for empowering and supporting the growth and development of social justice intitiatives.
- Develope the capacity of members of the initiative to facilitate the creation of community conversation circles in a variety of locations in Horry County.
- Develop programming related to this intitiative for the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values.
Fall 2017 SHARED TEXTS
Palmer, Parker J. Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
Videos and discussion guides at http://www.couragerenewal.org/democracyguide/
Additional Readings of Interest:
Cohen, Andrea with Leah Green and Susan Partnow. Practicing the Art of Compassionate Listening.
Nepo, Mark, ed. Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2005.
Newberg, Andrew and Mark Robert Waldman. How God Changes You Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist. New York: Ballantine, 2010.
Palmer, Parker. Seasons. http://www.fetzer.org/PDF/SeasonsBook.pdf (also appears as "There is a Season" in Parker Palmer's Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000. 95-109.)
Patterson, Kerry, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hlil, 2012.
Woschinsky, Carol H. Listening with Heart: A Guide for Compassionate Listening.