Jan. 14 Gathering: Active Listening


Listening

We Americans are good at talking. We revel in our right to share our ideas, positions, and opinions. Truth be known, it’s difficult for us to have an unexpressed thought.

What we are not good at, most of the time anyhow, is listening. Our habit is to hear only enough of what someone else is saying to formulate our own response. We avoid conflict by surrounding ourselves only with people and opinions we agree with, and we paint those who say things we don’t want to listen to as enemies at best and downright evil at worst.

The result of all of that is that we often talk past each other rather than with each other. Our dialogues just become multi-part monologues.

But what if we could be better listeners? Could it effect more than just our day-to-day conversations or civic discourse, but actually transform our neighborhoods and communities?

This Sunday at New Wineskins we’ll talk about the art of listening, how being better listeners can improve our relationships, and we’ll experiment with a couple of intentional listening practices through some exercises and guided meditations.

We hope you’ll join us this Sunday, Jan. 14, as we kick off 2018 with this important discussion around active listening. As always, we’ll meet in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing CompanyCome and kick off the new year at New Wineskins!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

 

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Nov. 8 Gathering: Spiritual Practices — Listening


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Listen.

The word itself gets our attention. But how good are we at actually doing it? And how can the act of listening be a spiritual practice?

We can practice spiritual listening in conversation, in meditation, in prayer, and in studying scripture. But like other spiritual practices, it requires–well–practice. We have to learn to turn off our internal monologue, stop planning our response before our conversation partner is done speaking, and stop thinking “how does this affect ME?”

Elijah encountered God not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire, but in the still, small whisper. Hearing that voice requires patience and inentionality. Join us this Sunday, Nov. 8, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company to enjoy food and drink together as we discuss the spiritual practice of listening and learn from one another how we can all listen better and more effectively.

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm

Conversation Begins: 7:00pm