I’m going to conduct a five-session workshop in September and October on compassion in cooperation with First United Methodist Church of Seattle. The workshops will explore compassion from various points of view including religious and non-religious traditions, scientific research, and personal experience. We’ll look at compassion, empathy, listening skills, respect, and gratitude as components of the compassionate lifestyle. The workshops will include lecture, discussion, interaction, story-telling, reflection, self-examination, and multi-media. Details below.

Changing the World from the Inside Out
Using Your Inner Power of Compassion to Effect Positive Change


Showing compassion and being compassionate are common themes that run through all the great wisdom traditions. In this five-session workshop, you’ll learn how to affect the world around you by incorporating five key elements of a compassionate lifestyle into your own life. Participants will consider current and historical examples, Biblical examples, and examples from other sacred works of both compassion and its absence. In addition, the group will incorporate discussion, reflections, and exercises to further a deeper understanding of the five elements of compassion and to build a more compassionate perspective on today’s world.

The Sessions

Session One: Compassion (Monday, September 23)

What is Compassion, How Does it Work, and How Can You Develop a Deeper Sense of Compassion in Your Own Life?

Session Two: Empathy (Monday, September 30)

What is Empathy, How Does it Work, Is It Desirable, and How Can You Become More Empathetic in Your Own Life?

Session Three: Respecting (Monday, October 7)

Is It Necessary to Respect Someone to Treat Them With Respect? How Can You Maintain a Sense of Dignity and Respect in Disrespectful or Undignified Situations?

Session Four: Listening (Monday, October 14)

What Are the Five Levels of Listening? How Can You be an Empathic Listener?

Session Five: Gratitude (Monday, October 21)

How Can an Abiding Sense of Gratitude Change Lives? What is the Difference Between Entitlement and Gratitude? How to Use the Practice of Naikan to Experience a Deep, Abiding Sense of Gratitude.

Schedule and Registration

Monday evenings, September 23rd through October 21st. Each session lasts an hour and 15 minutes, running from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is required. Register by using the registration form on the FirstChurch website or by calling the church office at (206) 622-7278, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


First United Methodist Church Seattle, 180 Denny Way, Seattle (at the corner of 2nd and Denny). Room 301.

There is free parking in the parking garage adjacent to the church building at 2nd and Warren. Enter on Warren. Park on floors five or six, then walk across the alley to the church building.

The Workshop Leader

Don R. Crawley is the author of The Compassionate Geek: Mastering Customer Service for IT Professionals and the forthcoming book The Compassionate Geek: How Engineers, IT Professionals, and Other Technology Specialists Can Master the Art of Human Relations Skills to Deliver Outstanding Customer Service. He has spoken before audiences throughout the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Australia.

Registration Form

Please use the registration form at http://firstchurchseattle.org/compassion-workshop/

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