About the Event
As you know, many people are struggling with how to remain in authentic relationship with family and friends who see the world very differently. This retreat provides concrete skills for being instruments of peace, seekers of understanding, and agents of active love in relational divisions that are in deep need of healing. It draws on recent research in neurobiology, social psychology, empathy studies, and moral psychology, along with formational principles from the fields of chaplaincy, clinical pastoral education, and spiritual direction. Participants integrate the four core pillars of the dialogue practice through small group work, verbatims, and application of the techniques between sessions. We also reflect on the spiritual dimension of this work, and how it’s not uncommon to feel “something bigger” flowing through us as we connect with another human being at this deeper level, even in the midst of polarized topics.
About the Presenter(s)Brent Anderson
As a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, and mission integration healthcare executive, Brent has journeyed with thousands of people in vulnerable moments. He has enjoyed contributing to the ongoing formation of chaplains and spiritual directors through mentorship, education, retreat ministry, and is the author of “Tending Movements of Healing in Spiritual Direction” for Presence, Journal of Spiritual Direction. He has worked with leading resilience studies researchers to create workshops for healthcare staff, and has facilitated seminars on effective dialogue techniques, ethics, human trafficking response, “the art of reflection,” and leadership training for physicians, nurses, and healthcare administrators. Prior to domestic ministry, Brent served as a nonprofit consultant and Fulbright scholar in Uganda, which led to HIV testing, AIDS medication, and safe water access for rural villages.
Brent received his theology degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and his spiritual direction training from the Mercy Center of Burlingame, CA.