NEW ARTICLE just released:  "Feelings, Multiculturalism, and the Work of Racial Justice" in Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice. Michael-Ray Mathews, Marie Clare P. Onwubuariri, Cody J. Sanders, Editors. Macon, GA: Nurturing Faith Inc., 2017. pp 73-81 - view and/or download pdf here »  | See book entry on Amazon here »


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What questions come to mind
when you look at these two images?

                    Auguste Rodin - The Thinker      Kaethe Kollwitz - Mutter mit Zwillingen

Auguste Rodin - The Thinker   /    Kaethe Kollwitz - Mutter mit Zwillingen (Mother with Twins)

Did you answer: "What is he thinking?" "What is she feeling?"

Emotional Literacy is about knowing and reading our own and other people’s feelings.

Emotional or Affective Competence  is related to the application of what your feelings are telling you.

It is the ability to integrate the information we get from our feelings into our behavior, especially in the service of bringing about a transformation or change. 

Most leaders are cognitively competent and have reasonable behavioral skills.

Few leaders have developed comparable emotional competence.

And yet the majority of problems that arise in communities have a significant emotional component.

For years, I have researched, written, and taught others about the role of feelings in leadership, decision-making, and moving through conflict.


Do You Know Feelings Carry Messages that help us know what we need?

A full explanation of this theory can be found in God's Tapestry: Understanding and Celebrating Differences. (Visit the Alban Institute publisher's page on God's Tapestry here »)