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 this month in person for meaningful dialogue across our differences.

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November

Topic: Climate Change & Creation Care
Date: November 15

Each year we see wildfires, hurricanes, melting glaciers, and other extreme weather events that tell us the global climate is changing. Many see these events as signs that the human activity is having a negative impact on the global climate. Others insist that these changing weather patterns are part of the Earths normal cycles of warming and cooling and that humans have very little impact on climate change. Wherever you land on this spectrum of opinions, we want to come together to listen to each other and talk about what it looks as Christians to steward the Earth and its resources in ways that glorify God.

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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