Listening for Healing
38th Annual Convention, June 7-10, 2017, Omaha, Nebraska
The theme for this convention is one that relates to us all. Healing surely is needed in political communication, but clearly there are many other areas in our lives where we need someone to listen to provide the necessary healing: at work, at home, at play, with friends, co-workers, and family. We also need to learn how to listen to others. In the words of Margaret J. Wheatley, “Listening moves us closer, it helps us become more whole, more healthy, more holy. Not listening creates fragmentation, and fragmentation is the root of all suffering.”
Consider what contribution you can make at the next convention in June. We invite submissions for papers, panels, practicums, workshops, etc. Let me give two examples. One of my particular interests is in international relations and I often wonder how we can get two opposing sides to just listen to each other, such as having one side listen without speaking for a whole day, and then reverse the roles the next day. Has that ever been tried? If you have a idea of how we can get two sides to honestly listen, develop a paper or a proposal and send it to me.
A second idea that comes to mind is this. A listening activity that has not received much attention among us are the “truth and reconciliation” meetings that have occurred in South Africa, Canada, and perhaps a few other places. The story of those commissions needs to be heard.
We need to hear of research that has been done to demonstrate the place of listening in healing. We’d like to know what businesses, schools, churches, are doing. A special interest for all of us is the medical field—how does listening help heal people physically, psychologically, and spiritually.
Put your creative mind to work to develop your ideas on how listening promotes healing. Encourage your colleagues to do the same. I like the idea of including family members in your proposal (after all, most schools will be out in June).
Deadlines: Workshops or short courses: January 10, 2017
Papers/panels/posters: February 1, 2017
My goal is to give tentative notification of acceptance: March 15, 2017
Submit electronic proposals (preferred) to Charles.Veenstra@dordt.edu or hard copies via U.S. mail to arrive by the stated deadline to:
Charles Veenstra, ILA Convention Planner
156 2nd Ave. S.E.
Sioux Center, IA 51250