We believe there is hope for a better world

Civil Conversations seek to create a safe space where people on opposite sides of some of the major issues of our day can come together to seek greater understanding of another viewpoint.

Join us monthly on Zoom for meaningful dialogue across our differences.

Monthly | 7:00-8:30pm | Free

September

Topic: Masks
Dates: Sept. 13 & 20
Our world has been divided by a small piece of cloth. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health organizations have recommended mask-wearing as an easy and inexpensive way to help slow the spread of disease in our communities. Others question the efficacy of masks and wonder aloud whether wearing masks is a sign of fear when we're called to faith. Join us as we jump into this heated topic and ask aloud what love requires of us in this time of pandemic.

October

Topic: Social Justice and the Gospel
Dates: Oct 11 & 18
Social Justice has become a hot topic in America. Many believe that pursuing justice at the level of our society is a part of our responsibility as followers of Jesus. Others see the pursuit of social justice as a slippery slope to slowly denying the gospel. As people who love Jesus and are pursuing His Kingdom, how do we learn to talk about our questions and concerns? Join us as we explore this challenging topic together!

What is Civil Conversations:

Civil Conversations seek to create a safe space where people on opposite sides of some of the major issues of our day can come together to seek greater understanding of another viewpoint. This is a significant part of what it means to love our neighbor as ourselves!

If we all have longings to be understood and not misrepresented, then we need to love our neighbors by doing them the honor of listening to them and seeking to understand them as faithfully as we can. As we demonstrate this kind of listening, learning love, we believe that we will grow in empathy and compassion, two ingredients necessary for people to live together in peace and necessary for making progress on the challenges in our world together.

The Christian Faith and Tradition gives us ample resources for learning to have meaningful dialogue across our differences. From the very beginning, Christian missionaries developed ways of sharing the gospel while seeking to understand and engage positively with the cultures to which they were sent.

The motive of listening and learning is always love and developing the skills to interact with people with whom we disagree is about being formed in love so that we can embody the love of Jesus to everyone we encounter.

Got questions? Contact Scott Newman at snewman@santacruzbible.org

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