On November 17, 2015, Starr King School for the Ministry celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) degree program with a free workshop featuring Dr. Charles Garfield at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists. The event attracted many students, faculty, and community members seeking ways to keep caring in a world that holds so much suffering
For over 35 years, Dr. Garfield has been a pioneer in the development of service oriented volunteer organizations and the training of volunteers. In addition to his roles as a distinguished author, professor of psychology, and research scholar at Starr King, Dr. Garfield is recognized internationally as the founder of Shanti, America’s first community-based volunteer AIDS organization.
Just days after a wave of terrorist attacks in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, a moment of silence was held for those presently suffering around the world. Dr. Garfield proceeded to begin by focusing on empathy as the quality we all possess which links deep caring and social change. Empathy, he said, is like a tuning fork; when one side vibrates, the other feels it. As he facilitated an in-depth exploration of empathy, Dr. Garfield introduced audio and video clips to evoke emotional responses and generate discussion.
Deep Caring & Social Change was just one of several events celebrating the 10th anniversary of Starr King’s Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) program. Learn more about the MASC degree and the ongoing celebrations at the 10 Years of MASC webpage.
To watch Dr. Garfield’s workshop in its entirety, click the video below: