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We regret to inform you that our Listening Program is CANCELED. We are very sorry!

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Learn to be a healing, reconciling presence … even, and especially, when discussing the most polarizing topics.

In this workshop series, you will learn …

               the power of the pause

               the magic of a good question               

               the secret of curiosity

You will learn how to …

              help people empty their heart

              feel profoundly heard

              experience listening’s healing power

               keep difficult conversations going without becoming contentious

              remain peaceful in the presence of distress

              leave conversations connected, not divided

Together, we will have an opportunity to practice these skills as we discuss the following topics: 

• Climate Change                      October 1

• Gun Violence                          October 29

• Abortion                                  November 19

• Racial Reconciliation             January 7

Each session will have two guest presenters who will contribute different perspectives. Our goal will not be to solve anything, take action, or even promote action. Our goal will be to learn to listen profoundly … especially across substantial difference.

You will leave this series feeling equipped, empowered, and sent, knowing you know how to be a reconciling presence in a polarized world.



Climate change is a global threat on an unprecedented scale that we don’t fully understand. We may need radical changes to major institutions and personal lifestyles, implementing untested solutions that will have collateral impacts on economies, as well as political and social systems. However, changing nothing will potentially have an even greater and graver impact. Is an all-out effort to halt climate change and reverse its effects inevitable, or is more caution advisable with the collateral effects? 

Read about our presenters for the day:

The Rev. Jim Clark

The Rev. Jim Clark will guide us through our workshop. He has been the Rector/Senior Pastor of Saint Barnabas since 2004. Jim authored The Art of Engaging Holy Scripture curriculum, which facilitates listening to holy scripture, to one another, and to one’s self. He has been leading listening workshops at Saint Barnabas since 2018.


The Rev. Pam Hyde

The Rev. Pam Hyde is an Episcopal priest, lawyer, and advocate for caring for the earth. Born and raised in Ohio, she has lived the majority of her life in Arizona. Pam is a graduate of  Amherst College, Duke Law School, Duke School of the Environment, and Yale Divinity School, and has worked for nonprofit conservation groups, state government, and as the Assistant Rector at St. Francis in Green Valley. She currently serves on Bishop Reddall’s staff as the Canon for Creation Care for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona.


Jim Rounds

Jim Rounds is President of Rounds Consulting Group. He regularly provides advice to policymakers at the Arizona state capitol and economic guidance to policy leaders across the country. His advising includes analyzing the associated dynamic benefits and costs from changes in public policy and consulting on environmental economics. Jim began his career as a Senior Economist and Senior Budget Analyst with the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee and has been engaged in policy-related economics for more than two decades. Jim is a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute, the President of the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority, and board member at Valley Partnership and the Arizona Small Business Association. He has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in economics from Arizona State University.