Compassionate Communication 105 (S17)

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I’ll meet you there.


When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase “each other” doesn’t make any sense.

~ Rumi


Here Rumi describes poetically the First and Seventh UU Principles, emphasizing the interweaving web of worth, dignity, and interdependence that holds all life. These same principles are key underpinnings of Compassionate Communication. By engaging in Compassionate Communication during this course, practitioners “rewire their brains,” grow their consciousness of compassion, and increase the depth and effectiveness of an embodied response to injustice and suffering in the world. Participants gain expertise so that they can themselves be trainers and facilitators of these practices.

Rev. LoraKim Joyner is a Unitarian Universalist minister, having served in parish ministry for 10 years in North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, and Florida. Currently she serves as a community minister in Multispecies Ministry and Compassionate Communication. She is also a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, and a wildlife veterinarian working actively in Latin American avian conservation where she emphasizes the human dimensions of conservation.

This course is now closed and no  longer taking additional students. Course materials will be available until June 30, 2017.

4 Replies to “Compassionate Communication 105 (S17)”

  1. David Burrous

    Hi LoraKim:
    Thanks for your response. Yes, indeed I did change my strategy. My granddaughter was crying during her nap and I needed to comfort her. While I was doing that, I continued to think about the dilemma you posed. I think the “aha” moment here for me was that I need to process questions, over time, before I come up with a decision. I think that speaks to letting the dilemma “sink in” and process different possible reactions to it.

    I wonder if your dilemma will help me as a leader in my church with the encroaching prairie dog dilemma. Imagine: the back part of our property is sitting at the end of a several mile long dirt patch. The prairie dogs have been marching towards us for years. They arrived several years ago by the neighboring businesses eradicated them. That took care of our moral dilemma, but now they’re back. We moved them once, out of the playground, but thee they sit. Oh gosh, we are going to have to process this pretty soon. ; – )

    • LoraKim Joyner Post author

      Dear David,

      I don’t know if the process will work. But to have people really sit with their needs, the dogs, etc might help them connect to each other and to life, even though the strategy is a tough one.

      You probably know a lot more about this then I do, but I know for many wild animals that get in high numbers, there are alternatives that don’t involve killing. But I don’t know for this species.

      Good hope,


    • LoraKim Joyner Post author

      Dear David,

      Welcome, welcome to the course! How is it going so far?

      I read your comments on the rabbit/cat/neighbor/sanctuary story, and enjoyed how you puzzled over it. The idea of the exercise is to list as many needs as you can for each of the participants, and then maybe, just maybe, next steps come out of that. It seems that you did change your strategy based on thinking of different needs, is that right?

      The outdoor cat issue is usually value/feeling laden, and I always say that if I bring it up in a sermon or a class, I will lose control of the room. So I appreciate you jumping in.

      It takes hours to give all the background understanding and reading scientific reports, so i won’t go into specific responses to your ideas, although I appreciate the creativity and the company in this issue.

      In thanks,


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