Talking about our Faith with Others…Hmmm
As Christians, we are called upon to witness to our faith; to share with others our encounters with the risen Christ and the experiences of grace that follow. This invitation to share our faith with others seems to contradict the advice: “Don’t talk about religion and politics.”
We’ve all witnessed (or participated in) contentious conversations that follow when we don’t follow it.
Yet, without the ability to talk about these issues, we have little or no chance of understanding one another. When we talk only with those who agree with us, misunderstanding and polarization are likely to grow.
The first Easter Sunday found the disciples locked away in fear of the violence that they had witnessed imposed on Jesus. Following their encounters with the Risen Christ between that first Easter and Pentecost, they found the courage to proclaim their faith – in a way that all who listened understood.
On September 17th, Fr. Brian will present a morning of reflection, “Talking About Our Faith With Others.” This morning of reflection will focus on creating a context where effective communication can occur across differences with a focus on intentional speaking and active listening skills introduced during our Synodal listening sessions. This workshop will build on the content introduced in the “Our Easter Journey” morning of reflection presented at the end of April.
Please contact the Parish Office to reserve your seat for this event on September 17th from 9-noon in the Parish Hall on Ocean Avenue.