Workshop on "Difficult Conversations"
Thursday, May 4- Friday, May 5
Location: Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
A workshop on learning how to navigate "Difficult Conversations"
will be held on May 4 and 5 on the campus of Saint Meinrad
Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN.
Br. Zachary Wilberding, OSB, a Saint Meinrad monk with more than
20 years of experience in health care as a nurse in critical care,
psychiatry and oncology, will be the workshop leader. He holds a
master's degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a Master
of Divinity degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.
The "Difficult Conversations" workshop begins at 7:30 p.m. on
Thursday, May 4, and continues until 4 p.m. Friday, May 5. The
workshop fee is $100. The cost for room and board is an additional
The workshop is intended to assist those in lay ecclesial
ministry who might encounter challenging situations in their
Effective communication begins with a sincere desire to
understand what the other person is trying to say. To do this, we
must deal with issues of feelings and identity in ourselves and be
aware of them in others. The desired outcome is the ability to
engage in a learning conversation.
The workshop is based on the book, Difficult Conversations:
How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce
Patton and Sheila Heen of the Harvard Negotiation Project. The
workshop content will be conveyed by lecture, discussion, role play
Participants will benefit from reading Difficult
Conversations before the workshop. Saint Meinrad students who
wish to earn one academic credit for participating in the workshop
should contact Br. Zachary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the workshop or to register, contact
Agnes Kovacs in Saint Meinrad's Graduate Theology Programs at