Utah Council on Conflict Resolution

P.O. Box 25221
Salt Lake City, UT 84125-0221
Phone: 801.301.7943
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 2019 UCCR Brown Bag Lunch Presentations

These interactive luncheons will be held the second Thursday of most months from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Law & Justice Center located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. 



The next Brown Bag event will be held October 17, 2019. 

Presented by Kathy Elton and Ven Tenzin Tsepal

Equanimity and Mediation from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. 




Equanimity - Moving Past Impartiality


When we are first taught the role of the mediator we are often instructed to act in an impartial and unbiased manner. In this session, we will explore the concept of equanimity and how cultivating this quality, in our role as a mediator and in our life in general, can improve our interactions and relationships and move us past impartiality.

In this 90 minute presentation Venerable Thubten Chonyi and Kathy Elton will explore the concept of equanimity from a Mediator and Buddhist perspective. This presentation is open to all and will be helpful if you are a mediator or not. Join us for a engaging discussion which includes: Definitions of equanimity; Exploration of why is it so difficult to hold an equanimous position; What are the benefits of taking an equanimous view while working for and with others; and What gets in the way of holding an equanimous position and what steps can we take to become more equanimous?


Venerable Thubten Chonyi

A lifelong spiritual seeker, Buddhist nun Venerable Thubten Chonyi has studied Buddhist meditation and philosophy with author and well-known teacher Venerable Thubten Chodron since 1996. In 2007, Ven. Chonyi joined her teacher at Sravasti Abbey, an American Buddhist monastery, where she ordained as a novice in 2008. She took full ordination at Fo Guang Shan temple in Taiwan in 2011. Ven. Chonyi shares Buddha’s teachings regularly at the Abbey, online, and at Buddhist centers in the US and abroad. She has also taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane for 11 years, and is a regular speaker at the North Idaho UU. Ven. Chonyi especially enjoys interfaith exchange and brings Buddhist values to social justice issues.

Kathy Elton

Kathy is the owner of Kathy Elton Consulting. She worked for the Utah State Court system for over 20 years and served as the Director of Mediation Programs for seven years. Kathy has over 21 years experience serving as a mediator in many different dispute areas. She specializes in high conflict custody disputes, workplace conflicts and family disputes. Kathy is one of the most experienced mediators in the state and has a commitment to offering great service for an affordable cost. In addition to mediation services Kathy offers training, conflict intervention to businesses & government entities and conflict coaching. 


*If you or someone you know would like to present at a Brown Bag, please let us know. Also, if you have a topic you would like us to address and want us to find a speaker, let us know that too!