This series will help us understand more about our neighbors in the US. Each of the books will contain personal stories so that we can hear their voices – What is their world like? What is different and what is the same? What do we do now? I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me on this journey, which at times may be a struggle as we come to grips with our own fears, allowing God to help us get to know our neighbors. Please contact me to reserve your spot and purchase a book (if you need one).
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“If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating” by Alan Alda
April 13, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, Room 206
This time, instead of focusing on a particular person’s story or a community’s story, we explore communication itself. Regardless of who we are communicating with we can all learn how to be better listeners and communicators. And so we venture into a light-hearted and engaging conversation by discussing Alan Alda’s latest book (yes, that Alan Alda from “MASH”)
Alan Alda has been on a decades-long journey to discover new ways to help people communicate and relate to one another more effectively. In his wry and wise voice, Alda reflects on moments of miscommunication in his own life, when an absence of understanding resulted in problems both big and small. He guides us through his discoveries, showing how communication can be improved through learning to relate to the other person: listening with our eyes, looking for clues in another’s face, using the power of a compelling story, avoiding jargon, and reading another person so well that you become “in sync” with them, and know what they are thinking and feeling—especially when you’re talking about the hard stuff.
Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William H. Willimon (February 24, 2017)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (March 24, 2017)
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (May 19, 2017)
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild (July 21, 2017)
Acts of Faith: The Story of An American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel (September 22, 2017)
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt (October 20, 2017)
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (November 17, 2017)
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida