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Seminar on ‘Befriending Someone You Don’t Like’ is April 22

BeFriender Ministry, a national, ecumenical program that provides leadership training and program support for a listening ministry of lay pastoral care, will present its Spring BeFriender Day seminar on Saturday, April 22.

Dr. Mark Sundby, a licensed psychologist and ordained pastor, will present “Befriending Someone You Don’t Like” from 9 a.m. to noon in Buetow Music Auditorium, Concordia University, 300 N. Hamline Ave., St. Paul. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The seminar is designed for those who minister to or work with challenging individuals, and the public is welcome. Cost is $20 per person ($25 after April 17).

For information or to register, call (651) 962-5775 or visit the BeFriender Ministry Web site.

Participants will examine:

  • Common sources of conflict in a church
  • How to identify, analyze and manage difficult behaviors
  • Techniques for reflection on what your reactions to other people tell you about yourself
  • The spirituality of dealing with people you don’t like

Sundby is executive director of North Central Ministry Development Center in New Brighton. A licensed psychologist and an ordained pastor in the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church, he received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and his master of divinity degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has served in the local church, worked in a university counseling center and taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has led seminars at several churches, colleges and seminaries in the Twin Cities and was a presenter at the Synod School 2005 for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Synod of Lakes and Prairies.