Diocese of Long Island to Host Workshops Promoting Dialogue And Conflict Resolution

Speaking Across Conflict Workshop

In response to the charge issued by Bishop Provenzano during this year’s Chrism Mass, the Diocese of Long Island announces an initiative aimed at addressing differences and conflict within its communities. Partnering with Resetting the Table, the Diocese will host four training events led by Ms. Cicella Monroe, a lead trainer for the organization. 

The workshops are designed to equip clergy and representatives from congregations with the necessary communication skills and frameworks to navigate difficult conversations and foster vibrant dialogue across diverse viewpoints, backgrounds, and generations. All congregations within the diocese are asked to send teams comprising of clergy and wardens or vestry/bishop’s committee members to participate in these transformative events. 

Resetting the Table's renowned workshops facilitate skill-building for effective communication in challenging circumstances, fostering an environment where participants can exchange views and personal experiences, identify differences and commonalities, and practice constructive approaches to addressing conflicts. By enhancing community capacity to explore differences while strengthening relationships, trust, learning, and collaboration, the workshops aim to cultivate a culture of understanding and cooperation. 

Key objectives of the workshops include: 

1. Learning and practicing foundational skills for communication across diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. 

2. Deepening relationships and engaging in meaningful dialogue on important issues and dilemmas with fellow participants. 

3. Acquiring tools and exercises that can be replicated within participants' own communities and institutions. 

"We are excited to embark on this journey of dialogue and reconciliation within the Diocese of Long Island," says Bishop Provenzano. "These workshops represent a significant step towards fostering understanding, respect, and unity within our diverse community." 

The workshops will be held at the dates and locations below. Interested participants are encouraged to register early by clicking on the links. 

Registration deadline is May 20. All participants MUST BE registered. No walk ins will be allowed.

May 31, 5 pm to 8:30 pm - St. Peter's, Bayshore 
June 1, 10 am to 3 pm - St. Philip's, Decatur Street, Brooklyn 
June 2, 1 pm to 4:30 pm - Mercer School of Theology, Garden City 
June 3, 5 pm to 8:30 pm - St. Mark's, Westhampton Beach 

For more any further info or questions, please contact Pamela Gravesande at pgravesande@dioceseli.org.