This group is intended to be a place where questions can be asked and answers don’t necessarily have to be found. Sometimes we just want to be able to question things but don’t feel like we can. Maybe that’s because you feel embarrassed because “everyone knows the answer.” Lots of devout church goers don’t know various things that “everyone knows.” Don’t be fooled by appearances. Or maybe you don’t ask questions because you just simply don’t have an audience that you feel is receptive.
You don’t need to know a lot, or anything, about the bible to come.
Together we will be digging into stories, considering historical contexts, and discussing what it all means for our daily lives. Notes for meetings will be prepared in advance and the core of the meetings will be discussing, challenging, and building one another up around the topics that surface.
If you’re thinking that you might not be welcome, let me be clear: anyone is welcome who is willing to honor the Pillars for Group Success. Strong beliefs are often the dividing point for people, but this doesn’t have to be. In fact, this can be the springboard for wonderful experiences that will never come by only associating with those who believe the same things as we do.
Pillars for Group Success
These pillars are guidelines for when the group comes together. Certainly good recommendations for all of life and critical to this group’s success.
RECOGNIZE that each person has their own experiences that influence their views from which they draw upon to evaluate and formulate beliefs. While our own ideas make perfect sense to ourselves, this is because of our own personal experiences. VALUE others’ thoughts and questions by listening and considering what they are saying. Valuing each other allows everyone to share more freely, enabling ourselves to learn more from others’ experiences.
LISTEN to listen, not to wait for an opportunity to respond. It is difficult to understand and value someone’s ideas when we are conjuring our rebuttal.
CONTRIBUTE your own thoughts and questions. You might voice something that someone else is thinking or perhaps is attempting to formulate themselves.
ALLOW for others to think and feel differently. The need to argue someone into agreement, or perhaps into passivity, serves no one. Instead, allow yourself to grow through the thoughts and ideas of those who believe differently.
ENCOURAGE and support others on their journey. Goodwill is the foundation for successful relationships and will bring about the most beautiful experiences.