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Dearborn, Michigan USA

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2012  RCP
Presenter  Biographicals

4th Annual International Conference on
Religion, Conflict, and Peace:
Walking The Talk To Compassion And Harmony

March 23-25, 2012
Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Michigan

Official Partner & Event of Parliament of World Religions and Charter For Compassion

2012 RCP Full Program

    We wish to honor and thank the exceptional presenters who recognize the vital implications of this topic for the global community, and have stepped forward to help facilitate this important public forum. Presenters have gathered from a variety of religions, backgrounds, cultures, and experiences to promote an engaged, inclusive dialogue to consciously explore together both broader historical dynamics and implications, and current specific examples in our contemprary world community; and to co-create possible remedies for bridging the divide.

(In Order of Appearance in the Program)

Friday, March 23

10:00 - 11:30 am

Greetings, Conference Mission, and Announcements:

  Steve Olweean, MA
is founding Director of Common Bond Institute, co-founder and President of International Humanistic Psychology Assoc. (IHPA), past President of Assoc. for Humanistic Psychology, and therapist with an MA in Clinical Psychology. Treatment focus is abuse recovery of victims and perpetrators, trauma recovery, and healing negative belief systems. He has written and presented internationally on concepts of The OTHER and dynamics of belief systems. Current writing projects are"Engaging The OTHER," and "Transgenerational Trauma: Communal Wounds and Victim Identities." Founder of Annual International Conf. on "Engaging The Other;"
Annual International Conf. on Religion, Conflict, & Peace; Annual International Conf. on Transforming Conflict; Annual International Conf. on Practical Models for Peace, & Annual Interntional Conf. on Transgenerational Trauma. Co-founder of International Conf. on Conflict Resolution. He is 2011 Recipient of the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award from the American Psychological Assoc. for outstanding contribution to Humanistic Psychology internationally, and has been recognized for his life long work in a chapter devoted to his role with CBI in the "The New Humanitarians."
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  Bill Secrest, MA  
B.A. Michigan State Univ, 1971. M.A. History of Religions, University of Detroit, 1977. Director of Religious Studies Program, Henry Ford Community College. Faculty Advisor to HFCC Student Environment Association (current). Vice President of Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy (current)
Email:   Web:

Virtual Keynote via Skype:
  Huston Smith, Ph.D
is holder of 12 honorary degrees, is internationally renowned as the world's leading philosopher, scholar, and author on world religions, and has devoted his life to the study of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Hinduism, all of which he believes in. His book The World's Religions has been the most widely-used textbook on its subject for 1/3 of a century - selling over 2,500,000 copies worldwide. Bill Moyers devoted a 1996 5-part PBS special to his life and work, "The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith." He has produced 3 series for public television: "The Religions of Man," "The Search for America," and "Science and Human Responsibility," and his films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, & Sufism have won international film festival awards. His recent books include Why Religion Matters, Islam: A Concise Introduction, The Way Things Are, Buddhism: A Concise Introduction, The Soul of Christianity, A Seat at the Table: Huston Smith in Conversation with Native Americans on Religious Freedom, and Tales of Wonder. His other books include Cleansing the Doors of Perception: The Religious Significance of Entheogenic Plants and Chemicals, One Nation Under God: The Triumph of the Native American Church, and Primordial Truth and Postmodern Theology. He has authored over 80 articles and his 16th book-in-progress is The Way of Wisdom: Philosophy as a Healing Art. Dr. Smith has been a gracious supporter of Common Bond's conferences, regularly contributing his vision, wisdom, and presence to advancing these important public dialogues over the years.

Presentations of:*
   -  Charter For Compassion
   - Declaration of the Council of Religious Leaders in Israel
   -  Parliament of World Religions

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

  Myron Eshowsky, M.S.
has taught shamanism and its application to peace and healing internationally since 1986. He has published dozens of articles on the integration of shamanic methods into modern life including healthcare, mental health, prisons, gang work, healing revenge, and peacemaking. He worked for six years in a community mental health center as a shamanic healer. He is the first known shamanic healer to be covered by a health insurance company to provide soul retrieval work. He has a private practice in healing services, mediation, and organizational consultation in Madison, Wisconsin. Additionally, he is the author of Peace with Cancer: Shamanism as a Spiritual Approach to Healing.
Email:  Web:


Bill Secrest (see Friday am opening)

Tracy Marshall

Loren Scribner

Anne Dinnan

Ryan Hammack


 Anya Cordell
is a speaker; writer;  Spirit of Anne Frank Award recipient; founder: The Campaign for Collateral Compassion to raise awareness of post 9/11 backlash against Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and others, and murders of innocent members of these groups.  Anya, who is Jewish, works passionately against the designating of any group as "Other", and utilizes the universal experience of the injustice of "appearance-ism" (appearance-based judging of ourselves and others), as a core issue to inspire everyone to combat all types of bias.  She is the author of RACE: An OPEN & SHUT Case, which unravels traditional presumptions of what we call “race”, named among the “books to change your life” by N’Digo Magazine; Author of acclaimed article: “Where the Anti-Muslim Path Leads.” 
Email:   Web:

2:00- 3:00 pm

 Gahad Hamed, PhD
is President and the founder of the Institute for Middle East Studies Canada ( Holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Notre Dame, USA; a Professor of sociology, presently is teaching in the sociology department at King's University College at Western University Ontario, Canada; He has taught at universities in the Middle East, USA, and Canada for a number of years. His special expertise in the analysis of peace, democratization, and conflict resolution particularly in the Middle East, has contributed much to the conduct of political surveys in Palestine and Egypt.
Email:   or    Web Site:


  Noah Salameh
, PhD
is a Palestinian peace activist & expert in conflict resolution, conflict transformation & non-violence, with 20 years experience in dialogue projects. MA in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution (Kroc Inst.) PhD (Cairo Univ. in Egypt). Co-founder of Center for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation (CCRR) in Bethlehem & its Director. He has initiated & conducted a variety of projects in Palestinian society & between Israelis & Palestinians. Projects include a peace education at Palestinian schools for teachers, school directors & pupils, a project for Palestinian women, a media project for Palestinian & Israeli journalists, a project for Muslim Sheikhs, an inter-religious dialogue project for Muslim, Christian & Jewish religious leaders, & a people's negotiating project for Israeli & Palestinian civil society representatives

Anas Pasha
President of Amnesty International and VP of Student environmental Association, HFCC Honors Program

Kelly Williamson
is Treasure of Student Environmental Association, HFCC Honors Program

Gloria Rivera
is a member of Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit

3:15 - 4:15 pm

  Ruth Broyde Sharone  
is popular motivational speaker. She is a passionate interfaith activist, documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist. Producer/director of the prize-winning film, God and Allah Need to Talk, Ruth has presented her unique interactive program for healing and reconciliation nationally and internationally. She received a gold medal from Fete D'Excellence in Geneva for her leadership in organizing interfaith journeys to Egypt and Israel. Ruth is Co-Chair of the Southern California Committee for a Parliament of the World's Religion. Her new book: MINEFIELDS AND MIRACLES: A Global Adventure in
Interfaith will be available at the CBI conference.
Email:       Web:

  Daniel Dunnigan
Ecclesiastical experience: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop, Stake President (Responsible for 10 congregations of the Church) Education: BA - Finance MBA - Finance. Professional Experience: 27 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, and planning. Presently, Manager, International Financial Reporting Standards, Ford Motor Company. Interfaith: Ford Interfaith Network - Participant since 2001; Chairman for 8+ years

  Fran Hayes, M Div
is Pastor of Littlefield Presbyterian Church in Dearborn, a small congregation in a predominantly Muslim neighborhood with a long history in peacemaking & interfaith bridge-building. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and West Chester State Univ. (B.S. Education) has done graduate work at Temple & Penn State Univ. With 100 Presbyterians, she attended a peacemaking conference in the Holy Land in 2006 & returned home to help create the Middle East Work Group of the Presbytery of Detroit & has done advocacy work. In 2009 she led a peacemaking pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

  Amy Kinsley, M Div
is pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Dearborn Heights, Mich. BA New York Univ., M Div, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Since '05 involved in advocacy for peace & justice in Palestine & Israel. Member SE Mich. Synod's task force for Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land, raising awareness of the situation in Israel-Palestine among Lutheran congregations in the Detroit area. From Feb. to May '11 she was Ecumenical Accompanier in World Council of Churches' Ecumenical Accompaniment Prog. in Palestine & Israel, in Hebron where she witnessed life under occupation first-hand. Has written articles for The Epistle & sermon helps for Advent through the Baptism of Our Lord for the journal Currents in Theology using the lens of her experience in Palestine. Has presented at congregations, LSTC, & Women of the ELCA in Detroit.
Email:  Web:  Blog:

4:30 - 6:00 pm

  Imam Dawud Walid
is Ex. Dir. of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), an educator, community activist, & decorated veteran who has been active in the Detroit Metropolitan area for years. Assist. Imam of Masjid Wali Muhammad in Detroit, Mich., member of the North Amer. Imams Fed. (NAIF), & an exec. board member of the Metropolitan Interfaith Workers Rights Committee, he has lectured across the country at mosques & universities including Harvard Univ., Univ. of Virgin Islands, & Youngstown State Univ. He has written numerous articles on Islam & Interfaith dialogue, & appeared in CNN, Al-Jazeera, New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, & BBC. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees for Al-Ikhlas Training Academy, a pre-K-12th private Islamic school in Detroit, Chair of Religious Studies for The Amer. Society of Muslims' National Young Adult Assoc., & Congregational Organizer for The Interfaith Partners wing of The National Conf. for Community & Justice - Detroit now known as the Mich. Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion
Email:    Web:

  Reverend Kenneth James Flowers,
has his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia and his MDiv from Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, New York. Rev. Flowers has been pastoring Greater New Mt. Moriah Baptist Church since 1995. Reverend Flowers is a community/social activist. He is a nationally known speaker and lecturer who is in demand among Christian, Jewish and other religious and community groups having traveled to England, Korea, Africa, and Israel. He is a board member of the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Anya Cordell  (see A-3)

 Daniel Dunnigan (see C-2)

  Moderator: Steve Olweean, MA  (see Friday A.M. Opening)

 Evening  Musical Performance
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Mazaj: Arab-American blues fusion band
Drawing from numerous musical influences spanning from Folk, Rock and Blues to World, the Detroit based Mazaj mixes lyrics of oppression, injustice, war and peace with haunting melodies and progressive beats. As an Arab American band, Mazaj’s songs deal with local issues as immigrants post 9/11 and racial profiling in addition to issues in the Arab World of justice, peace and longing for places and loved ones.

~ Saturday, March 24 ~

10:00 - 11:30 am

Roundtable Members:

  Sulaiman Khatib
from Ramallah, Palestine, is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of People's Peace Fund, the first international Palestinian-Israeli fund for conciliation. Sulaiman spent over 10 years in Israeli jails from age of 14 following his active role to resist the Israeli occupation. Since early 2008 he has co-lead a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.
Email:  Web site:

 Tanya Awad Ghorra,  MBA  (from Beruit, Lebanon)
has a media background, an MBA in journalism, and will complete an MBA (this year) in Non-Violent Education and conflict resolution from AUNOHR (Academic University for Non-violence and Human Rights). She took a challenge two years ago, and volunteered to create a non-violent communication and conflict resolution course in a private school for kids aged 5 to 10. Now the school declared itself a non-violent one, and they are in the process of implementing a mediation desk and extending the course to higher classes. She is also a trainer for teachers and NGOs where she introduces NVC and conflict resolution. Tanya is an activist in her country, working on abolishing capital punishment and achieving permanent peace in civil society and civil marriage.

 Aseel Zahran
 (from Amman, Jordan)
is a Jordanian from a Palestinian origin and has always been interested in cross-cultural dialogue and transcending the imaginary geography that creates “the other.” She is Program Coordinator of Abraham’s Path Initiative - Based in Jordan. At its heart, the organization creates a journey following the story of Abraham, with walking trails across the Middle East and turns an ancient story into a practical platform for cross-cultural exchange, respect and friendship. She is also an active member with Soliya, an online platform which promotes cross-cultural dialog through utilizing social media technologies and preparing a generation of citizen journalists committed to bringing more understanding by amplifying the most authentic and respectful voices from around the globe through new media tool.

 Mohamed Emira  (from Cairo, Egypt)
is a graduate of Al Azhar University in Cairo and presently resides in Egypt. He came to the US during an exchange program, has taught English and in the past has supervised the Soliya program at the English Language Resource Center at Al Azhar University in Cairo. He is preparing to enter a PhD program in international relations in the United States.

Moderator: Steve Olweean, MA  (see Friday A.M. Opening)

11:45 am- 12:45 pm


  Farha Abbasi, MD
is a 4th year resident of Psychiatry at Michigan State University. She emigrated from Pakistan in 2000 seeking a safe haven for her family as terrorism plagued her homeland. She has worked with local and state politicians to increase public education and awareness of Islam and the Muslim community, has worked within her mosque to help Muslims break their silence on mental health issues, and helped teach medical students how to work with Muslim patients. In 2008 she was awarded the American Psychiatric Association SAMSHA Minority Fellowship to address mental health issues of minority populations.
Email:   Web:

James Brown, Phd
is the Coordinator of Visual Arts Education at Wayne State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, an M.A.T. in Fine Arts, and a B.F.A. in Painting. He spent 20 years working as a Child Psychologist, has designed adaptive aids to assist children with a variety of disabilities, and has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums across the Midwest and East coast.


Stuart Smith, PhD
Retired from working as support scientist in the Veterans Admin. Medical Center in Detroit and the Children's Hospital of Michigan; hold PhD in Physiology, MA in Public Health/epidemiology. Ordained as a teacher at the Still Point Zen Buddhist Temple in Detroit. Worked with the US Social Forum in Detroit in 2010. Co-founded Action By Presence, an interfaith group that organizes "street retreats" in Detroit modeled on those of the Zen Peacemakers and the Faithful Fools and sponsors a monthly evening soup kitchen.

Melanie Davenport-Anzen
works for Blue Cross Blue Shield fielding complaints, artist, ordained teacher at Still Point Zen Temple in Detroit.

Mary Grannan
is a
retired social worker, worked with addicted pregnant women, active member of 'Deep Spring Center for Meditation & Spiritual Inquiry' in Ann Arbor Michigan, teaching class "Six Months To Live" & meditation.

 2:00 - 3:00 pm

  Brenda Rosenberg
Brenda held one of the most influential global fashion positions; Senior V. P. of Fashion Merchandizing and Marketing Federated Allied Department stores.
Today, Brenda is a tireless champion for conflict transformation through Pathways 2 Peace Foundation, “Reuniting the Children of Abraham tool kit 4 peace”, the book she co authored, Friendship & Faith - the WISDOM of women creating alliances for peace, and the Tectonic Leadership Center for Conflict Transformation and Cross Cultural Communication, created with Samia Bahsoun. To learn more: Web:     Web:

  Sarah Jaward, BA
is a graduate of Univ. of Mich.-Dearborn with BA in Philosophy & Women & Gender Studies. She was selected in the inaugural class of Difference Makers for her academic achievement & campus involvement in organizations such as: Arab Student Union, Students United for Peace & Justice, & Vice-Pres. of her Student Body. Currently, Sarah takes part in the Mich. Inside Out Prison Exchange Program Theory Group that works towards prison education reform. Highlighting her advocacy & pursuit for social justice, Sarah was honored with ACCESS's (Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services) "Spirit of Service Award" & the AAI (Arab American Institute) "Helen Abbott Community Service Award". She ultimately aspires to pursue a J.D. in Humanitarian Law.

  Sharhar Ben-Josef, BA
is currently pursuing an M.A/J.D in Dispute Resolution and International Law at Wayne State University. She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, with a minor in Peace and Social Justice, from the University of Michigan. She interns at the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and the Public Conversations Project, and is a research assistant to Professor Adrienne Dessel in the UM Office of Inter-Group Relations. Email:

  Lara Khadr
is a senior at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. She is of Lebanese and Egyptian descent and was raised in Farmington Hills and Ypsilanti, Michigan. She is studying Microbiology and French and hopes to pursue a career in public health. She was in Lebanon during the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah War while she Jewish friend that was in Israel. The experience made her greatly interested in participating in interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue.

  Hamzah Latif
is a Senior at Univ. Mich. Dearborn, majoring in Womens/Gender Studies, Sociology, & Psychology as a means to understand & end domestic violence. He advanced himself in the Amnesty Intl. student group he leads, fundraises, & plans events for in his community revolving around human rights activism. He organized & chaired the Intl. Womens Rights & Violations Exhibit - a highly succrssful museum style exhibit that drew over 350 visitors. Such efforts led to his winning a fiercely competitive fellowship with the Western Regional Office in San Francisco where he has focused on Middle East & North African changes, as well as student activist training assessments, & put together a training program based on his research.

  Brian Merlos, BA
grew up & resides in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was very active in the reform Jewish congregation of Temple Beth Emeth where he was a leader in the Middle & High School Youth Groups. While studying at the Univ. of Mich., he served as TBE's Youth Group Advisor for 3 years. After graduating in 2011 with BA in Political Science & American Culture, Brian studied leadership & transformative conflict resolution with the inaugural class of the Tectonic Leadership Institute. He currently serves the AmeriCorps program as the Volunteer & Community Coach Coordinator for Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry
  Mary Assel
, PhD
in curriculum & instruction - Wayne State Univ. in Detroit, Mich.. is director of the English Language Inst. at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC) Dearborn, & played a key role in establishing the English Language Inst. at HFCC in 2001. She has received numerous awards, including 2007-2008-faculty lectureship award at HFCC on "Memory, Retention, & Neuroscience." She holds numerous seats on the Boards of civic, social, & educational organizations & is listed in Who's Who in America. She has published many articles on 2nd language acquisition, Arab women & culture, religious barriers & challenges in education. Her book 25 Icons of Peace in the Qur'an has fascinated thousands of people across the country & abroad. She lived in Africa & the Middle East, for over 20 years where she learned about different cultures & traditions.
Email:     Web:

  Hashim Al-Tawil, PhD
is Prof. & chair of the Art History program at Henry Ford Community College, Mich.. He completed his education in Iraq & in the USA (Ph.D. Art history, Univ. Iowa; MA Art Education, Hartford Univ, CT; BFA College of Fine Arts, Univ of Baghdad, Iraq). Served on the faculty of the college of Fine arts, Univ. of Baghdad, & chaired the Graphic Design Dept in the late 70's to mid 80's where he was active in the Iraqi visual art & cultural scene. Research interests are history, art, & visual culture of the Arab world & Islam and the Arab Americans. As a visual artist, much of his work is derived from his research with multiple iconographical sources from medieval, pre-Islamic, early Christian, & early Arab art and cultures. His recent focus is on the hybridity of the Mediterranean culture in Medieval time.

Adnan Salhi, PhD

Ruth Broyde Sharone  (see C-1)

3:15 - 4:45 pm

Farha Abbasi, MD  (F-1)

Steve Olweean, MA   (See Friday am Opening)

Myron Eshowsky, MS   (See A-1)

  Stephen Fabick, Ed.D   
has been president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and is chair of its conflict resolution action committee. He is also chair of the conflict resolution working group of the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and War (Division 48 of the American Psychological Association). He is a clinical and consulting psychologist in Birmingham, MI and conducts workshops on conflict resolution.

Dinner Keynote:

US Congressman John Conyers
is the second most senior member in the US House of Representatives, now in his 21st term in representing Michigan. He is the recipient of many awards for leadership, including a Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award presented to him by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and has been in the vanguard of the civil rights and human rights movements throughout his career. In the midst of recent policies resulting in polarization and "Us and Them" mentality - both at home and internationally, he has been a central driving force in the US government for promoting an appreciation of diversity, upholding the protection of human rights, and advancing peace and understanding in the world.

 Evening  Event
7:30 - 9:00 pm

 Mandalina Miron
is a second-year student at Henry Ford Community College who will be transferring to the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in the Fall 2012. Her interests include cyberpunk science and the composition of identities; she is on an unceasing quest for knowledge

 Nicole Olweean
is a third-year student at Grand Valley State University.

~ Sunday, March 25 ~

Morning  10:00 - 11:00 am

  N.S. Xavier, MD
has been practicing psychiatry incorporating spirituality for 33 years and written two books on the subject and a book on the best historical example of religious harmony in a small area in India. His presentation is based on his book on real conscience endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Nobel Laureate Oscar Arias, Bishop John Shelby Spong and many prominent psychiatrists. The book had a rave review in Psychiatric Times.

Geraldine Grunow
has been an English instructor at Henry Ford Community College for over 20 years. She holds degrees from Edinburgh University and Aberdeen, Scotland, in English and Education. She has been coordinator since 1980 of a local Amnesty International chapter meeting monthly in Detroit. She has been faculty advisor to the HFCC AI student group since 2011; these groups participated in an unsuccessful but inspiring campaign to save Troy Davis from execution in Georgia (September, 2011).

Ken Grunow,
is a retired hospice nurse with liberal arts, education, and nursing degrees from Wayne State University. He has served as coordinator with Geraldine of AIUSA Group 78, Detroit. He is also volunteer AIUSA Area Coordinator for Michigan.

Bashshar Altawil
Kelcie Bourquin
Lizzie Hines
Anas Pasha
Jihad Taleb
Andrew Baron

  Zeinab Saab
is a 3rd year student at Henry Ford Community College focusing on art and art education to teach at the college level, and is planning to obtain a minor in Art History, specifically Islamic art/architecture. The positive impact of wonderful educators on her life inspires her to follow in their footsteps to encourage others to do art and not be afraid to express themselves. She plans to transfer to the College for Creative Studies in fall of 2013 to obtain a Bachelor's in Fine Arts.

  Wissam Bazzi
was previously an electrical technician working on prototypes at Ford Motor Company, before becoming a small business owner while working for Keyshift Media as a graphic Designer, where he was Art Director, and later moved to Ascent TV as creative Director. He urrently owns a media company called Synergy Design and Media and is pursuing his psychology degree.

Belal Alzahiri

Bassam Talab

 Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue

The RCP Conference strives to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines:   (Adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:

Observations—Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
Feelings—Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
Needs—The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
Requests—Clear request for actions that can meet needs

2013 RCP Conference Information:
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