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Compassion Training for Pastoral Care Teams


Type of event: Webinar


Compassion Training for Pastoral Care Teams

Compassion with a focus on listening

Recent discoveries in neuroscience show that not only is compassion an innate capacity rooted in our care system but a skill which can be deliberately trained and strengthened like a muscle. When faced with challenges or suffering, we can train our empathic response to turn toward compassion which in turn offers protective and beneficial factors for us and others.

This day-long workshop will explore the art and science of compassion. A balance of evidence-based information, group discussion, interactive exercises, and personal reflection will offer participants tools and resources for their work in pastoral care and beyond. Topics will include the science of compassion; the relationships between love, suffering, and compassion; self-compassion; compassion for strangers and difficult people; and compassion in the face of overwhelming suffering. Come learn to how to cultivate and be resourced by compassion for yourself, your loved ones, your congregation, the world.

Laura Banks is honored to be a Certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) Instructor, dual-certified by Compassion Institute and Stanford University. While raising a family and serving others around the world, she has witnessed how compassion can reduce and transform suffering into the most resilient and beautiful parts of who we are. This powerful combination of evidence-based training and personal experience shape Laura’s commitment to strengthen her own and others’ capacity to thrive and find meaning throughout life, especially through the cultivation of compassion.

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling, Pastoral Care Team. Zoom Link will be sent the week of the workshop. (But after the election)

For more information, contact Bonnie Lepoff at or Laura Banks at
The cost of this event is $20 per attendee. However registration fees are on a sliding scale from $5 to $30, please pay what you can.

Deadline for registration is 11/3/2020

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