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Radical Compassion Training

November 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Consider attending the upcoming Jesus’ Way of Radical Compassion: Training of Three-Fold Compassion Facilitators Event on Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1, 2018 at Portland First United Methodist Church, Portland, OR 97201.

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This three-part training is presented by Dr. Frank Rogers of The Center for Engaged Compassion (CEC) and the Claremont School of Theology. This is the first of three retreats that will include online and individual work between the face-to-face sessions. The training will focus on the teachings, practices and skills necessary to lead retreats, workshops, and congregational events rooted in the CEC’s approach to three-fold compassion.

The CEC’s approach to three-fold compassion is rooted in the spiritual path of Jesus and deepens persons’ experience of being loved by an extravagantly compassionate sacred presence, cultivates a healing and restoring self-compassion, and increases capacities to extend compassion to others, including those who suffer, those who are outcast, and those with whom we are in enmity.

“For me, participating in the Compassion in Practice training has been a powerful combination of finding spaces in myself that I’d ignored for years and giving permission to sweep out the cobwebs and reclaim what was lost as well as connecting with a source of sacredness that surrounds and envelopes me in unexpected ways each time I engage with the material and others in the workshops. The compassion practices are an integral resource for practicing and leading times of reflection and grounding.” Lydia Henry, Columbia District Lay Leader, Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference

This is the second cohort of persons to be trained in the CEC’s process for radical compassion in the Greater Northwest Area. The process has captured the imagination and commitment of lay and clergy who participated in the first cohort. Some will join Frank as facilitators in this upcoming engagement.

We hope that you too will be captured by this process and want to continue with the three sessions that will allow you to facilitate the process on your own. However, you needn’t commit to becoming a facilitator until after you have experienced the process in this first of three sessions.


Those who complete the three-part facilitator training will:

  • Understand the teachings of three-fold compassion and its roots in the Gospels and Christian spirituality.
  • Internalize the core practices that cultivate three-fold compassion including the Compassion Practice, Sacred Moment, the Awareness Examen, Welcoming Presence, Self-Compassion, Compassion for Others, and Embodying Compassionate Action.
  • Possess a core curriculum that can be adapted for various contexts and forms of retreats, workshops, and congregational teaching settings.
  • Be able to lead the practices that constitute the core curriculum and facilitate others’ experience of them.

Start: Friday, November 30, beginning at 1:00 PM
End:  Saturday, December 1, ending at 5:00 PM

Portland First United Methodist Church, 1838 SW Jefferson St., Portland, Oregon 97201. Fireside Room.

Lodging reservations will be made for you on Friday, November 30 at the Hyatt Place at the Portland airport. Breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking are included. There is no cost to participants who choose the double occupancy option. Your choice for roommate can be arranged; please make sure that both parties indicate preference on the registration. There is also the option that you may pay the difference between single and double occupancy. Reservations will be made for you once you register and indicate your preference.

Lodging for a second night may be covered if the participant meets criteria of one-way travel time being more than five hours. If you have questions about this please confirm through the registrar, Sally Blanchard ( If possible, a roommate will be assigned; if a roommate is not available you will be responsible for paying the single supplement.

Mileage will be reimbursed at .14 per mile. Airfare can be reimbursed when purchased in advance and if comparable to driving costs (including mileage reimbursement, on the road lodging and meal expenses). Expense reimbursement forms will be available at the event. The hotel has a free shuttle from the airport and MAX light rail is a convenient transportation option to the church for those arriving without a car.

A $50.00 registration fee will defray the costs of double occupancy lodging, meals and program expenses. This training is being sponsored with funds from The Collins Foundation grant in the Oregon-Idaho Conference and by the Pacific Northwest Conference.

Your registration is not finalized until payment is received. If possible, please pay when you register. If that is not possible, instructions for mailing a check are on the registration.

This training is limited to the first 25 who register.

You will receive an event schedule and agenda electronically once they become available. Prior to the event you will receive your room confirmation number and other details for the event. If you have any questions, please contact Sally Blanchard, the registrar at


November 30, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
December 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Sally Blanchard


Portland First UMC
1838 SW Jefferson St.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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