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Summer Discussion Series

Christ Centered Courageous Conversations

With cultural and political polarization so pervasive, Christians on both sides of the cultural divide long for a way that we can disagree without being quite so sisagreeable. Daring to dialogue is less about coming to “agreement” and more about realizing the value of diverse opinions and finding a way forward that preserves the unity we have in Christ.

  • Are you tired of hateful responses to your comments on social media or ashamed of some of your own?
  • Are you afraid to even talk about politics or sensitive issues for fear of triggering emotional attacks?
  • Is your definition of the “common good” open enough to reinforce and even support diverse points of view?
  • Do you feel like the Body of Christ needs to be different in the way we talk about difficult issues?

“I’ve been thinking about civility lately…wondering if we could start a movement to create places of dialogue and not ‘win at all costs’ debates on important issues that impact our communities. Instead of mini-civil wars about things we disagree, we would have courageous civil discussions that would help us move forward in a positive direction. As Christians, our foundation for dialogue ought to be love and respect, seeking not so much to be understood as to understand.”

–Pastor Tom Stephen

As Christians, we are called to be the salt and light to the world, but we too often shy away from bringing the love of Christ beyond the walls of our churches in a way that is contagious and constructive for our culture. We have a common commitment to the King of Kings that grounds us in a unity that comes from God. The Kingdom of God has many denominations, diverse points of view, and political alliances but is united by a shared faith in Jesus Christ.

As Christians, we are called to be the salt and light to the world, but we too often shy away from bringing the love of Christ beyond the walls of our churches in a way that is contagious and constructive for our culture. We have a common commitment to the King of Kings that grounds us in a unity that comes from God. The Kingdom of God has many denominations, diverse points of view, and political alliances but is united by a shared faith in Jesus Christ.

We will provide practical tools to have conversations that honor divergent political perspectives, turning differences of value and opinion into thoughtful questions for inquiry that lead to community building.

Join us in July for three forums led by  Rev.Fawn Parrish and Rev. Tom Stephen.

Tom Stephen is the head pastor at Monte Vista Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past 13 years. He served as the youth director and then as associate pastor at Orchard. He has a heart for listening, compassion and humility with a heart for hearing from and serving God.

Fawn is the author of 7 books, including Honor, and Reconciliation and Justice as a Way of Life, and Living a Life that Outlives You; the director and of the International School of Reconciliation Studies, www.reconcile.org a conference speaker and a person with a heart for discipleship and bringing Christ into whatever and wherever she is.

The three-week discussion series will be on July 12, 19 and 26 from 6:30-9:00. Light snacks will be provided.