JUST Listening: Foundation and Going Deeper

How can our collaborative activities yield dynamic results? What would our personal lives, workplaces, and social institutions look like if we listened deeply, profoundly, and without ego to each other’s ideas, insights, experiences, and longings? Effective communication results in: creative problem solving, efficient meetings, effective collaborations and partnerships, staff cohesion and productivity, and healthy workplace environments.

One definition of justice is ‘right relationship’. The work of JUST Listening is to foster ‘right relationships’ for individual empowerment, workplace cohesion and effectiveness, inspired leadership, and ultimately, the Common Good.

As our communities and planet continue suffering from injustice, hate, and dis-ease, we are now experiencing intense political divisiveness and strained public discourse. Whether in our local community of Baltimore or on the national and global political stage, civil discourse is necessary for peacemaking and community building. For effective discourse, listening ‒ deep listening ‒ is required. In times of fear and anxiety, listening can again become an effective tool. That is why we are pleased to offer as our 2017 Fall program: JUST Listening: Foundation (I) and Going Deeper (II): workshops on listening as a crucial act of justice. Back by popular demand, Sharon Browning will present JUST Listening groundwork in Part I, a shortened version of our Spring 2017 program, for newcomers and those who want a refresher. Part II will explore additional tools and techniques to enhance your listening skills.


JUST Listening: Foundation and Going Deeper

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Saturday, November 4, 2017 
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Registration and refreshments 8:30 am
St. Ignatius Catholic Church
740 N Calvert Street, Baltimore

Workshop Details

Workshop Leader: Sharon Browning

Sharon provides JUST Listening consultation and training to a wide range of organizations. She is an attorney, former Executive Director of Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, and also taught for fifteen years in the Sociology Department at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. She is a trained mediator, as well as a retreat facilitator, spiritual guide and teacher, focusing on the needs of marginalized individuals and groups.

Program Schedule

8:30 – 9:00      Doors open/Registration

9:00 – 11:00    Newcomers/training reprise (Part I)

11:00 – 11:15  Break

11:15 – 12:30  Part II of JUST Listening

12:30 – 1:00     Brown Bag Lunch (please bring you own)

1:00 – 2:30       Part II Continued and Conclusion

2:30                 Program ends


Early bird tickets can be purchased by Friday, October 27, 2017 for $10 each Parts I & II, or $15 for the full program; afterwards tickets will be $15 for each part or $25 for the full program. (We ask you to bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided.)

Purchases may be made on our website  with a credit card and via PayPal or you can print this form and send with a check payable to “PFMJPI” and mail it to The Murphy Initiative, 1001 W. Joppa Road, Baltimore, MD 21204. (N.B. No on-site credit card processing!)

Scholarships are available – call 410-823-8585, ext 244.


Additional info: ground level; wheelchair accessible

PARKING: Persons attending the program have permission to park on the Maryland State Highway Administration surface parking lots A and B under the Jones Falls Expressway (but NOT on the lot directly behind the 707 building). The entrance to Lot A is on Madison Street; the entrance to Lot B is on Guilford Avenue, just south of Madison, on the left-hand side. There also is parking on surrounding streets and a garage (pay for parking) on Monument Street between Calvert and Guilford. Note posted restrictions!

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