I joined a Compassionate Listening Interfaith delegation to the Middle East in 2007, along with Catholic Sisters, Muslim Imans, a Buddhist, an “Everything,” several Protestant Ministers, several Jews, and, probably, one or two agnostics. One of the fellow travelers, who was a Quaker when he joined us, migrated back to Judaism at the Western Wall. On that trip, especially after meeting Leah, I recognized the life-changing potential of deep listening, and determined to become a facilitator. After my training and mentorship with Andrea Cohen, I’ve facilitated Compassionate Listening Workshops in many places, including in Rwanda. Rwandans helped me adapt the work with post-genocide Hutus and Tutsis and helped me lead many CL workshops throughout their country. I also have done CL workshops in prison where one man, after a listening exercise, said, “I’ve never felt more respected in my life.” Although I taught in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Masters’ Program at Arcadia University, where I led CL workshops for students. I recently retired. Because I’m as old as I am, I could go on and on, telling stories of my experiences until everyone fell asleep. But not here. Listening Compassionately is for me more than a skill, it’s a calling, one which I've found is both necessary and at the heart of all genuine reconciliation and conflict transformation. So, retirement for me is both being re-tired and having 4 new wheels. I get lots of rest and I’m enjoying my life more now than ever before. I hope to meet you all. Meanwhile, Keep on Lovin’.