Working Together Towards Harmony:

    Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides

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    January 6, 2020

    Price: $30
    Duration: 4 weeks
    Registration: Open
    Sessions: Self-paced with facilitator support


    Back by popular demand!
    Start the New Year with a commitment to social harmony. In the past two years, this course has attracted over five hundred participants from more than thirty countries. We are proud to offer it again in partnership with Interfaith Minister and author Rev. Gudjon Bergmann and his organization Harmony Interfaith Initiative. The course has been improved to include more videos and self-assessments, plus, it comes with a free book.

    The 4-week course brings together ideas from interfaith activists, Nobel peace prize laureates, modern psychologists, and ancient Indian seekers to create a unique recipe for all those who are interested in working towards harmony. Participants will learn about dialogue principles, bridge-building techniques, basic human psychology, the experiential dimension of faith, effective communications, and much more. By the end of the course, participants should have created a list of concrete steps they can take to create more personal and social harmony.

    Everyone, even those who do not attend the course, will be able to download a free copy of Rev. Bergmann’s book, Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides, on which the course is based. The Kindle promotion will run on Amazon.com from January 6–10, 2020 and reading software is available for all devices.

    In addition, participants will have access to a variety of inspiring and thought-provoking videos, a selection of self-assessments and action plans, like-minded participants from around the world, and Rev. Bergmann, who will answer questions and comments on a daily basis.

    The course includes:

    • Four self-guided sessions
    • Inspiring and thought-provoking videos
    • Self-assessments and action plans
    • A free copy of Co-Human Harmony: Using Our Shared Humanity to Bridge Divides by Rev. Bergmann
    • A facilitator who will respond to questions and comments on a daily basis for the four-week duration of the course
    • Access to like-minded people from around the world (this has been one of the most rewarding aspects of the course in the past two years and has created many connections)

    Course goals

    • Create a realistic vision for bridge-building and social harmony
    • Explore the importance of co-human experiences
    • Learn about effective communications and dialogue facilitation
    • Become aware of unconscious pitfalls and biases
    • Use moderating behaviors to temper extremism
    • Acquire an assortment of bridge-building techniques, especially centered on interfaith and interideological dialogue
    • Understand the process of ethical development, how it develops from selfish to care to world-care, and how it is directly related to people’s capacity for compassion
    • Examine self-care principles to reduce the likelihood of burnout
    • Develop a sense of compassion through direct action

    Course Outline

    Lesson 1: Introduction and the Spectrum of Harmony

    • Program outline and navigation
    • Meet the facilitator
    • Personal status check
    • The spectrum of harmony
    • Is harmony even possible?
    • An achievable vision for the future

    Lesson 2: Our Shared Humanity

    • Understanding human and ideological personas
    • Examples of dehumanizing and otherizing
    • The most important project at this point in history
    • The connective importance of the term ‘co-human’
    • Insights and examples from participants

    Lesson 3: Nurturing Harmony From Within

    • From self-care to world-care
    • The attraction-repulsion principle
    • Moderating behaviors
    • Avoiding burnout

    Lesson 4: Building Bridges Across Divides

    • Why engage in dialogue?
    • Five interfaith/interideological dialogue guidelines
    • Hosting a dialogue
    • When persuasion works
    • The bridge-builders checklist
    • Be the change
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    Testimonials

    Click here to read some testimonials from students who have taken Rev. Gudjon Bergmann's course in previous years.

    About the Course Creator and Facilitator

    gudjoncohumanRev. Gudjon Bergmann is an Interfaith Minister, author, and the founder and lead educator at Harmony Interfaith Initiative, which is an educational and social good organization based in Kyle, TX. The organization is an official partner of Charter for Compassion. Rev. Bergmann is also a seasoned professional speaker with twenty years of experience and has authored over twenty-five books. He was born and raised in Iceland, but moved to the USA in 2010 with his wife, Johanna, and two children, after they found out that Johanna had been a US citizen from birth without knowing (long story). They settled in Texas, decided to stay for good, and he became a US citizen in 2013. After completing an immersive interfaith curriculum, Bergmann became an ordained Interfaith Minister on June 17, 2017. Shortly thereafter, he discovered that his calling is to foster co-human understanding and bridge-building between differing ideologies, theologies and philosophical viewpoints.

     

    You can email him by using revbergmann@harmonyii.org and learn more by visiting www.harmonyii.org

    Read his blog at http://www.harmonyii.org/blog

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