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The Holy Art of Listening with Michael Gingrich and Tom Kaden
September 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
In times of distress, the best thing we can do is listen to others’ stories and questions; for it’s in the sharing we find the answers we need and seek. Listening to the world’s most pressing emotional/spiritual/mental/physical/relational challenges brings healing, restoration, and hope.
Michael Gingerich and Tom Kaden envisioned an organization with the capability and capacity to be the ears and heart for those who need a compassionate person who listens. They are story seekers who created Someone To Tell It Too for the storyteller. Through the years, a vault full of stories and success has been filled because of the leaders, staff, and volunteers who are compassionate listeners and meet as a pair with a storyteller. Nothing about the story being shared is left without being expressed. Listening is when the magic happens.
Life-long friends who have a deep-seeded respect for each other and brotherly love, Michael and Tom are passionate about listening and have a vision and mission to bring compassionate listening to everyone’s home, workplace, and relationship. Using their 2by2 Leadership™ model, they offer value to individuals and organizations seeking transformation and growth. In their homes, they practice intentionally being present with their families while balancing their mission to help storytellers.
Cultivating and fostering deep, authentic, and compassionate relationships drive their resolve to model listening as a genuine method to engage each person who enters their lives. Two of their influencers are Henri Nouwen and Fred (Mr.) Rogers. In the spirit of Mr. Rogers, they seek to create communities of acceptance, trust, appreciation, and encouragement.
Michael is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary and Tom is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminar. Their education is the foundation for their chosen mission to bring compassionate listening to businesses, nonprofits, individuals, and families.