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Learning to Flex your Empathy Muscles: Election 2024 Edition

All Ages, Children and Teens (6-17), Adults (18+), Young Professionals (21-45), Older Adults (65+)

Date : Sunday, Apr 07

Time : 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location : Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Learn how to practice compassionate communication that can lead to more productive conversations across difference.

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Please note that this program has been cancelled.

Our lives are hectic, nonstop, and already full of conflicts both big and small. And now, we’re entering into an election year that’s sure to be as contentious as ever. With our nation already so divided on a variety of domestic issues and tensions running high from the Israel/Gaza war, election year politics are sure to add to strained relationships and overwhelmed hearts. Enter a space with the DC Peace Team where for one morning, you will learn how to practice compassionate communication that can help de-escalate and transform interpersonal and inter-group conflict. Practicing this type of communication can enable us to understand ourselves, our feelings, and our needs more deeply—and open our hearts to better connect with others. It creates a path for healing and reconciliation in many settings – with our friends, family, and community. Join us to build up your empathy muscles. We know we will all need them this year. Brunch will be served!

This program is designed for participants age 16+. Please contact Sonya at sweisburd@edcjcc.org with any questions.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR: Dr. Eli S. McCarthy is the Director of Programs at the DC Peace Team. He has led numerous training in nonviolent communication, unarmed civilian protection, and bystander intervention. Eli also helps facilitate the deployments of DCPT’s unarmed civilian protection units. He is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the Justice and Peace Studies Program. His most recent book is titled A Just Peace Ethic: Building Sustainable Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence (2020). In 2012, Eli published Becoming Nonviolent Peacemakers: A Virtue Ethic for Catholic Social Teaching and U.S. Policy. He has been formed by multiple trips to Haiti, where he worked with people living in poverty, working with people experiencing homelessness in Boston and Washington, DC, monitoring the Palestinian Elections in 2006 with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, and leading strategic nonviolent resistance campaigns.

This program is brought to you in partnership with Sixth & I.

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