Encountering "Us v. Them": How to Talk to a 'Bigot' @ Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City [11 August]

Encountering "Us v. Them": How to Talk to a 'Bigot'

10:00 - 11:30

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Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W 47th St, Kansas City, Missouri 64112
When we encounter people within or outside of our own communities whom we consider to be closed-minded in some way, how do we talk with them without arguing, dismissing their views, getting emotional, or being drawn into a fruitless, time-consuming debate?

In this workshop, through storytelling and discussion we will explore what has and hasn’t worked in the past, and identify useful strategies for handling these encounters in a way that is most likely to lead to peaceful and productive conversations.

Date/Time: Aug 11, 10-11:30am
Location: Unity Temple on the Plaza, Charles Fillmore Chapel
Suggested Love Offering: $15-20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Facilitator Bios:

Sarah Fremerman Aptilon, Ph.D.:

A native of Prairie Village, Kansas, Sarah lived and practiced at a Buddhist monastery in Kyoto for seven years, where she studied and taught mindfulness meditation techniques and led workshops and retreats. She earned a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University.

Since 2005 Sarah has served as a senior consultant for Japan Intercultural Consulting, offering coaching, teambuilding and cross-cultural training seminars throughout the U.S. and Mexico to help people from different cultures communicate more effectively and build trusting relationships. She headed her firm's Mexico City branch for five years, and moved back to the Kansas City area with her family in 2012.

Nhien Vuong Dougherty, J.D., M.Div:

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Nhien and her family came to the U.S. in 1975 as political refugees. Nhien has a B.A., in Philosophy from the University of California, Irvine; a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School; and a Masters in Divinity from Unity Institute & Seminary. Nhien is also a trained mediator. She took Conflict & Alternate Dispute Resolution training at Stanford Law School and a 40-hour mediation training with the Northern California Mediation Center.

After practicing law and mediation in SF for ~10 years, Nhien came to KC to pursue her calling to ministry. She serves on the ministerial team at Unity Temple on the Plaza where she leads a weekly interspiritual service and heads up the Temple's education program.
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