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

April 12 & 19

In the World, But Not of It - There's a tug that all of us feel. On the one hand, we have our lives, our jobs, our families, mortgages. We live in the world, participate in culture and forge meaningful relationships. On the other hand, we are called to be citizens of another kingdom, a kingdom that often operates by a very different set of values. What do we do when we feel as though our lives in the world and our following Jesus begin to conflict? Join us as we talk about what it looks like to navigate this tension together.

May 10 & 17

Patriotism/Nationalism - It's not wrong to love America, right? After all we were founded on Christian principles, right? Or were we? Many Christians disagree about how closely connected our faith and our patriotism should be. What does it look like to be American AND Christian without losing either one? Join us as we discuss this hot topic in our world!

June 14 & 21

Death Penalty -Christians in the US overwhelmingly support the Death Penalty as a punishment for capital crimes and a deterrent for those who might commit them. Our Old Testament scriptures seem to support the death penalty. Yet other Christians point to Jesus' challenge in the Sermon on the Mount to respond to violence with non-violent love. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of opinions you're welcome to come and express your thoughts as we gather to discuss this challenging topic.

[July and August break]

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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