CONVENER CORNER: MEET DENIS GREENE!
President of Church Development and Communiversity convener Denis Greene is holding two classes this week. The first will take place on Oct. 24, at the Plaza Library at 7 p.m. and is called, “Wheelie Through the Baboons: A Strategic Thinking System”.
“On a motorcycle trip across Africa in the 1970s, I encountered a pack of baboons when I was going 100 miles per hour on a rare paved road,” Greene said. “The challenge required me to shift consciousness and come up with a creative solution, or die.”
Greene explained that a better decision can come from shifting consciousness at the right moment.
“The skill will help you avoid quiet desperation, avoid getting outsourced, avoid doing the wrong thing and help you find meaning, self fulfillment and kindred souls in your altruistic activities,” Greene said.
The highlight of Greene’s year happened on a camping trip this summer when he was hiking through a canyon in northern Utah, following a stream looking for Indian petroglyphs.
“We chanced upon a deep and wide pool formed by eons of erosion,” Greene said. “After swimming all through the pool, my daughter said, ‘Dad, let’s climb the waterfall!’”
“Well, okay,” Greene responded, with much hesitation.
“On the cliff overlooking the pool, I watched her eyes examine the pool depth, trace an imaginary trajectory, calculate probability, measure the distance to the pool exit, take a deep breath and flex all her swimming muscles in sequence, then size me up,” Greene said.
“Well, old man, would you hold my hand as we leap into the pool?” Greene’s daughter asked him.
“If my wife had been present, it might not have happened,” Greene said. “On the count of three, we leaped. As we surfaced, her beaming smile spoke volumes about her, and what I can expect from her in the future.”
Greene has also organized a class that will take place this Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Westport Library at 10 a.m. called, “How to Ask for Donations”. Personally, Greene has raised an average of $1,000,000 per month for the past 20 years for different charitable organizations in their capital campaigns.
Greene enjoys teaching through Communiversity because “you are kindred spirits for me. I am happy to share what I’ve learned over the past 40 years of practice,” he said.
WORDS GREENE LIVES BY:
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
-Henry David Thoreau
WHERE YOU CAN FIND GREENE:
To take a class with Greene, search Communiversity’s database by “Convener Last Name” and type in “Greene”.
To find out more about Greene, visit his website!
Follow this link to visit Greene’s Stewardship System!
Watch Greene’s 2-minute video here!
By Jessica Turner and Denis Greene