Can We Talk? Tools for Conversations about Racial Justice

a 2-part virtual workshop for women

with Cory Lockhart, activist, artist, teacher

Tuesdays, August 23rd and 30th

12:00 noon to 2:00 pm EST

Cost: No Charge: Registration Required


Do you wish you felt more skillful when talking about racial justice? Do you either avoid the difficult conversations or get into them, only to find yourself frustrated, dismayed, tongue-tied, or uncertain? How do we help create space so that both parties have a chance to speak honestly and be heard? How do we move from “us” and “them” to a greater sense of shared vision? How do we express ourselves in a way that is authentic, clear, and grounded?

This two-part workshop introduces a Nonviolent/Compassionate Communication (NVC) framework to explore strategies for both finding connection and standing firmly in our own values and integrity when we talk about racial justice. The workshop includes:

  • A brief outline of the NVC framework
  • Introduction of strategies for maintaining connection with self and others
  • Modeling of the practices
  • Time to practice and receive feedback
  • Discussion of how to take these tools and strategies beyond the workshop.

We are grateful to have received funds from Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and PCUSA to offer racial justice workshops this past year. To help us continue to offer these programs free of charge, please consider making a donation to Spirit of Sophia, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

(Photo credit to Natosha Via)

About Cory:

Cory Lockhart is a teacher, artist, writer, public speaker, and peacemaker. She facilitates classes and workshops for teens and adults on living and communicating with compassion and speaks to groups about the experiences and ideas that have shaped her. She believes in the fundamental dignity of every person and the interconnectedness of all people and Creation. She does her best to practice what she preaches, often stumbling along the path, but always getting back up and continuing forward.

 Cory has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Bellarmine University and a Master of Arts in Spirituality from Bellarmine University and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She was a classroom teacher for 14 years. She completed a month-long training on nonviolence and related topics with Christian Peacemaker Teams and three 10-day International Intensive Trainings in Nonviolent Communication through the Center for Nonviolent Communication. To learn more about Cory and her work, visit her website: