Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation Presents "JUST Listening"

Release Date: Friday, February 8, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA –The Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College presents the program, “JUST Listening,” on Friday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall. Participants must register in advance for this dynamic event designed to help promote civility, learn dialogue skills and help change the way we communicate.


JUST Listening is an effort to foster social change by practicing, promoting and teaching other-centered, compassionate, and non-judgmental listening skills. The program is an essential tool in helping to promote civility and learn skills in dialogue.


Sharon Browning will present the JUST Listening program. Browning is the former executive director of Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program (VIP), the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, and also taught for 15 years in the Sociology Department at Chestnut Hill College. She is a trained mediator, retreat facilitator, spiritual guide and teacher, focusing on the needs of marginalized individuals and groups.


Participants must register by March 4th to contact Catherine Nerney, SSJ, Ph.D. at 215.248.7099 or e-mail For more information about the Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation at Chestnut Hill College, please visit