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'Don't Just Say Something, Sit There': Luther College to host Paideia Text and Issues panel discussion

'Don't Just Say Something, Sit There': Luther College to host Paideia Text and Issues panel discussion

February 4, 2013

The Journey Conversations Project, developed by Diane Millis, is being brought to Luther College in the form of a panel discussion titled "Don't Just Say Something, Sit There: How Contemplative Practice Can Reshape Our Communication and Our Communities," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 in the Center for Faith and Life Recital Hall on the Luther campus. 

The panel discussion is open to the public with no charge for admission.

The lecture will focus heavily on communication platforms and how they may affect the thinking and unfiltered responses that follow interaction. Presenters will attempt to explain how and why Journey Conversations works and why people should consider incorporating its practices into everyday life.

Presenters of the project include members of Luther's Journey Conversations Leadership Team: Amy Zalk Larson, campus pastor; Sandhya Purohit Caton, interfaith coordinator; and Sheila Radford-Hill, executive director of the Luther Diversity Center.

Caton is the lead facilitator of Journey Conversations at Luther and also mentors other faculty, staff and student facilitators.

Co-author of "Journey Conversations Facilitator Guide," Amy Zalk Larson is currently working on a sabbatical project on contemplative leadership.

Radford-Hill is also a Journey Conversations facilitator and a partner in sustaining the project at Luther. She teaches Paideia 450 courses as well as a course in Africana Studies and Women studies.

The Luther College Journey Conversations Project equips students, faculty and staff to attempt to shape societies that are more civil simply because they are speaking, thinking and listening differently; they practice being present with others.

The lecture will focus heavily on communication platforms and how they may affect the thinking and unfiltered responses that follow interaction. Today, we are given the opportunity to choose who we share our worldviews. It will explain how and why Journey Conversations works and why we should incorporate its practices on campus and beyond.