Showing posts with tag: Dialogue

22 JULY 2017

“We Are Bringing the Veteran Community Together”

Do you know how many veterans live, work, and worship in your community? The first step toward finding out might be fairly simple:  Gather them together. Several years ago, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts began to reach out to veterans through its Building Bridges Veterans Initiative.  Every Wednesday, about 45-50 veterans gather at the […]

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Video: How To Have a Respectful Conversation

  How can you have a respectful conversation with someone about a really divisive issue without coming to blows?  Is it even possible?  The Minnesota Council of Churches hosted a series of “Respectful Conversations” about an upcoming marriage amendment.  Before the start, they offered the following video on the “do’s” and “don’t’s” of respectful dialogue.

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Congregations can overcome political dysfunction through civic engagement
18 JANUARY 2017

Can Congregations Address Political Polarization?

  Sad to say, American society has become a place of increasing deadlock and dysfunction. At the same time, American religious life, centered in its congregations, can offer a unique model for overcoming dysfunction.  Conversations take place there—in worship, in small group study, in team meetings. What if we practiced healthy, respectful conversation? Would the […]

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17 JUNE 2016

Serving the Poor: The Importance of Dialogue

Ann Morisy tells the story of a group of Brazilian Christians several years ago that visited church projects for homeless people in London. They were shocked by the fact that homeless people were: Treated as recipients of aid rather than partners Not substantially involved in the decision-making process about the project Were assisted individually, not […]

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