Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person--without Exception

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Free sample

In this personal and emotionally honest exploration of conflict, the Reverend Nathan C. Walker introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses. He introduces the concept of the moral imagination--a vital character trait used by those who have the courage to project themselves into a conflict and understand all the perspectives, aware that understanding need not imply agreement.

"Cultivating Empathy" presents a collection of essays about the author's wrestlings with personal and cultural conflicts and his commitment to stop "otherizing"--which occurs when we either demonize people or romanticize them. Walker's remedy for these kinds of projections is to employ the moral imagination as an everyday spiritual practice. He shows that through this approach, we can save ourselves from irresponsibly using our imaginations by cultivating genuine empathy for those we previously held in contempt. We can visualize ourselves playing various characters within a conflict and choose not to play a lead role in the drama. Throughout the book he endeavors to find connection with skinheads, murderers, homophobic preachers, privileged 1 percenters, and Monsanto executives.

An online companion workbook will help readers to hone these skills through a variety of exercises.

Read more

About the author

Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C. A Unitarian Universalist minister, he spent fifteen years serving congregations in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. He is the author of Exorcising Preaching: Crafting Intellectually Honest Worship (Chalice Press).
Read more

Reviews

Loading...

Additional Information

Publisher
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Read more
Published on
Dec 31, 2016
Read more
Pages
101
Read more
ISBN
9781558967748
Read more
Read more
Best For
Read more
Language
English
Read more
Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Self-Help / Personal Growth / General
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.
©2017 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.