JUST Listening

Murphy_SpringProgram2017_meme2“I have learned that when we begin listening to each other, and when we talk about things that
matter to us, the world begins to change. Human conversation is the most ancient and easiest way to cultivate the conditions of change — personal change, community, and organizational change.”

-Margaret Wheatley

As our communities and planet continue suffering from injustice, hate, and dis-ease, we are now experiencing intense political divisiveness and 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 Spring program a workshop on listening as the ultimate act of justice.


JUST Listening

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 
9:30 am to 1:00 pm
Registration and refreshments 9:00 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.



Given the generous support of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia and St. Ignatius Parish, we request free will offerings to support our future programs. Donations may be made via check payable to Murphy Initiative, cash or PayPal. (N.B. No on-site credit card processing!)

Donations may be made on our website via Paypal or you can send a check payable to “PFMJPI” and mail to Murphy Initiative for Justice and Peace, Attn: Sr. Joan Marie Stief, 1001 W. Joppa Road, Baltimore 21204. Call 410-823-8585 x244.


Additional info: ground level; wheelchair accessible

PARKING: Persons attending the program have permission to park on the Maryland State Highway Administration surface parking lot behind the 707 building which is across the street from the church.

The entrance to the lot is one block south of St. Ignatius, on the north side of East Monument Street between Guilford Avenue and Calvert Street. If you are driving north on Calvert, turn right onto Monument and left into the lot; if you have come down I-83 and are driving south on Guilford, turn right onto Monument and right into the lot.

There also is parking on surrounding streets. Note posted restrictions!

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