Facilitation as a way of life

Towards personal transformation

27 Good Shepherd Mission Partners (sisters and lay) from Asia Pacific gathered in Ipoh, Malaysia from 3 May to 12 May, 2018 for a training session on The Art of Skilled Dialogue, facilitated by Ms Paula Sgherza in partnership with Sr Anne Dalton and Ms Jill McCorquodale.   This workshop was a follow up from The Art of Skilled Facilitation, held in April 2017.  See details of 2017 workshop - http://www.goodshepherd-asiapacific.org.au/project/221



Front row (from left): Wilhelmina Mowe (Spore-Msia), Theresa Symons (AP MDO), Aruna George (CEIN), Afrida Sri Maryani (Indonesia), Rebecca Kay (East Asia), Valsamma Panamthanthl (SWI), Alicia Andres (P’pines-Japan)

Second row (from left): Valsa Thayil (SWI), Regina Kuizon (P’pines-Japan), Pushpa Louis (CEIN), Doreen Epitawela (Sri Lanka-Pakistan), Helena Vytialingam (Spore-Msia), Mary Anne Perera (Sri Lanka-Pakistan), Anya Borbon (P’pines-Japan), Francine Muthugala (Sri Lanka-Pakistan), Sabina Pathrose (CEIN), Virginia Kim (North East Asia), Anne Dalton (co-facilitator), 

Third row (from left): Jill McCorquodale (co-facilitator), Chatarina Patmi (Indonesia), Joan Lopez (Spore-Msia), Regina Htoo Htoo (East Asia), Laurina Loh (Spore-Msia), Marie Jean Bae (North East Asia), Grace Chiong (Spore-Msia), Sashirekha Natarajan (CEIN), Teresa Mandakath (SWI), Beena Chittilappilly (SWI), Paula Sgherza (facilitator), Maria Dipal (Spore-Msia).


Initiated by the APC

These training sessions were initiated by the Asia Pacific Circle of Leaders to prepare the region with a community of skilled facilitators which practised curiosity.


The theory and processes 

During The Art of Skilled Dialogue, the participants were introduced to the Theory U as a framework for effective dialogue and facilitation.  The methodologies and processes used in the workshop included World Café, Appreciative Inquiry, Circle, Open Space, Pro Action Café, Two Loops and Collective Mind Map.

Click here for more - Learnings of the Art of Skilled Dialogue


Community building skills

Gathering the impact of this year’s workshop, the participants acknowledged that it has deepened their listening and conversation skills which are essential to mission communities. The mission partners said that it was an answer to the 30th Congregational Chapter Direction statement that challenged everyone to “build joyful and inclusive communities for mission characterized by friendship, compassion and reconciliation.”


Increased capacities

The new learnings also led the mission partners towards personal transformation and shift of mind-sets that can contribute to healthy life giving relationships. Participants also gained more self-confidence in facilitation and are committed to share resources in the region and are courageous to create a pool of facilitators for Asia Pacific.

Among the fruits of the workshop identified by the groups and called them to action are: Shift towards participatory leadership, deepen our listening in mission communities, design processes for collective wisdom, embody head, heart and will in all processes of facilitation and apply the various methods in facilitation.


Some more photos 

Click - Learning the Art of Skilled Facilitation 2018



as the sisters and lay mission partners saw it unfolding

during the past week,

is a way of life.