Six Empowering Communication Workshops for Clergy

Rev. Joel Westby (ELCA) and Rev. Leslie Ritter-Jenkins (UCC) are offering six Empowering Communication workshops for clergy in January and February 2022 via Zoom. Workshops will be on mediation, restorative circles, and empowering communication.

Empowering Communication has been a framework that has given us confidence in how we choose to live out our faith in our personal and professional work.

As pastors, we have asked

  • How do we move Jesus’ life and teaching out of the Bible and into the church?
  • How do we nurture respect and care, and truth and transparency in the congregation when conflict arises?
  • How do we take care of ourselves so that we can show up in all of our church work with health and integrity?

Empowering Communication is both a skill set and spiritual consciousness that helps us answer these questions. It is not only consonant with Christianity, but in our experience, is a path that liberates the power of love within ourselves and in our relationships.

In the six workshops, clergy will learn tools that support congregational vitality and help heal in the world.

We have studied and practiced Nonviolent Communication, also known as Empowering Communication, cumulatively for 32 years and found it invaluable in our work with staff, committees, worship teams, pastoral care, self-care, and healing small and large rifts in congregations and denominational bodies. We hope you will join us for a workshop or series of workshops in the New Year. Please find information about each of the six workshops and registration on our website.



Jan. 17, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Workshop 1: Empowering Communication: A Tool to Overcome Divisions and Liberate Love in Ourselves and Others 
A foundational workshop and PREREQUISITE for Workshops 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Workshop 2: Self Care that is Not Selfish: Five Steps to Healing, Renewal, and Moving Forward with Clarity

Jan. 31, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Workshop 3: Bridging Deep Divides: How Empowering Communication Builds Connection, Trust, and Community

Feb. 7, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Workshop 4: Lead from the Heart: Step into Your Authority without Becoming Authoritarian

Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and Feb. 14, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Workshop 5: Embody the Gospel: Facilitate Dialogue, Mediate Conflict, Achieve Reconciliation

Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  Workshop 6: Liberate the Power of Love: Facilitate Restorative Circles that Heal, Empower, and Strengthen Congregations



We value interdependence. We want to receive compensation to support ourselves and to continue this work. We also want to support all people interested in Empowering Communication regardless of their ability to pay. For this reason, we offer partial scholarships. No one is turned away for lack of financial means.

Please note that DISCOUNT CODES are available. They are listed above, after each workshop description, under Workshop Fees. $10-Off means your fee is $60, $20-Off means your fee is $50, etc.. The codes allow you to choose to contribute $60, $50, $40, or $35 per workshop respectively. Scholarships are for those who need more financial support than the discount codes allow.

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Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church

122 West Franklin Avenue, Suite 400 Minneapolis, MN 55404

(612) 870-0058