Peace Dialogues meets monthly to have conversations together. Several facilitators guide the discussions to explore what it means to listen compassionately and engage in loving, peaceful, productive dialogue even in the midst of disagreement.
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Meeting ID: 816 9667 1076
What are Peace Dialogues?
Peace Dialogues are an invitation to holy conversation together, grounded in faith, shared in love.
Why do we have Peace Dialogues?
As disciples of Jesus Christ, one of the challenges we all face is learning to live together as a faith community. In our daily lives and world, we are confronted with the reality of complex yet important issues all around us. Disagreements and varied opinions about these issues within our church family are inevitable. We don’t always agree about everything, and we don’t necessarily have to. The important thing is to engage these issues faithfully and to listen with compassion to one another as siblings in Christ. Peace Dialogues are intended to strengthen the whole body of our church community and our witness to the world around us. They also provide us a healthy opportunity to demonstrate our mission to “Love God, Love People, and Serve the World.”
How do Peace Dialogues work?
We will meet monthly via Zoom for one hour. The dates and times of these gatherings and the Zoom link are posted on this website and also shared through our weekly E-Blast. During our time together, our Peace Dialogues team will present relevant topics that confront us in our daily lives. The topics themselves are generated through the input of the group. We will have opportunities for both large and small group dialogue. We do have covenant guidelines we ask all participants to observe during our time together.
Who can participate in Peace Dialogues?
Everyone is invited to join us, and we hope you will be a part of these holy conversations with us!
An important note about dialogue. DIALOGUE….
· does not force anyone to change.
· is not a debate in which we try to convince others that we are right.
· is not about finger-pointing, demonizing, or punishing individuals or groups.
· does not avoid our history and our present differences.
· invites each of us to commit to sharing one’s own truth while being willing to listen deeply to another’s truth.
· is about arriving at a mutual understanding.
· trusts that we can achieve a greater understanding of the issue and move toward potential reconciliation fostering constructive change in our community.
MONTHLY SCHEDULE 2021
April 18 @ 12:30 PM - The Lenses We See Through - All of us see the world and other people through cultural “filters”. These filters are based on our social and cultural background and experiences. This happens whether we are aware of it or not - it is a universal social reality, how all humans function in and make sense of society. These cultural filters can create challenges for our relationships with others, especially those whose social and cultural reality differs from ours. The people in Jesus’ day were not immune to this. There are many examples all throughout the Bible. In our Peace Dialogues this month, we will examine how Jesus teaches a different way of seeing others, through filters of faith, and how these “faith filters” can allow us to create bridges to deeper understanding, compassion, and community.
Going Deeper: Here are some resources to help understand our cultural assumptions:
March 21 @ 12:30 PM - Race in America - click HERE