Jes Stoltzfus Buller

In a world that seems increasingly polarized, how can we promote healthy conversations?

Sonnenberg Mennonite Church in Kidron is hosting a Healthy Conversations Workshop Nov. 9-10. Jes Stoltzfus Buller, the peace education coordinator for Mennonite Central Committee, will be the facilitator for this free workshop, and all are invited to attend.

Many people today bemoan the difficulty of conversing with people of differing viewpoints. All too often conversations can become combative, and rather than extending intellectual hospitality, we engage ideas different from our own on a theological and ideological battleground.

Healthy conversations are possible, however, and this hands-on workshop will focus on practices which support healthy conversation, including active listening, centered speaking, and healthy process in talking about difficult issues.

There is no charge for this workshop, but participants are asked to RSVP by Oct. 31 to Sonnenberg Mennonite Church by email at or by phone at 330-857-8222.

The workshop will begin Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. For more details and a full schedule, please see