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Brave Conversations with John Bell
Saturday, April 14; 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Scripture and story about holding differences faithfully with John Bell
“Seeking the common good is not simply a matter of finding the most pleasurable way of meeting, but rather discussing together and imagining together responses to the challenges with which God and the gospel confront us. ~ John Bell
Concern for the common good is something that is slipping from our collective experience. We know that social connection is as important to our well-being as food and water, yet we allow ourselves to be sorted into “in and out” groups around divisive issues when we let fear push us into name calling, anger, blame and scapegoating.
Join John Bell for a lively day of seeking Gospel guidance for responding faithfully to our culture’s tendency toward ideological bunkers, as we look to Jesus as a guide for helping us reconnect with each other. In his time Jesus faced issues every bit as stinging as ours: the power of empire, attitudes toward foreigners, a culture of extreme violence, a lack of care for those who had very little.
We can learn to recognize the fear behind the forces fueling our isolation and division. We can hold differences respectfully by growing in our ability to have hard conversations, to identify and hold safe boundaries, to truly listen, and to suspend our need to be right. By recognizing and halting the slow slide of dehumanization - to which we are all prone - we can return to being brave and connected.
The program fee is $75 and includes lunch.
Please register by April 1. Payment in full is due prior to arrival.
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