ADULT WORSHIP PROGRAMS
What: The Conversation Matters: How to Disagree in Love
When: May 12, 2018 from 10am-2pm
Where: Fellowship Hall, First Broad Street UMC
*a free lunch will be provided
Please register by calling our reservation line at 224-1502.
All you have to do is turn on the news, open up social media, or turn the page of the local paper to see the continuing increase of discord in our culture. Our culture has lost its way, and Christians do not seem to be helping the problem. When I see how easily Christians attack one another, I am reminded of the words the Apostle Paul shared with the Ephesians, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (4:29).
The question then becomes, how to we as Christians become the light on a hill that Jesus called us to be? A light that all can look at as the example of how to live life to the fullest and in such a way that it honors God. I believe that one of the best ways to begin this process of becoming a light on the hill is to recover the lost art of listening. In his book, The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships (New York: Guilford Press, 2009), Dr. Michael P. Nichols states, “The essence of good listening is empathy, which can be achieved only by suspending our preoccupation with ourselves and entering into the experience of the other person. Part intuition and part effort, it’s the stuff of human connection” (10).
The idea of practicing empathy is nothing new, Paul tells the Corinthians, “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). We are to place our feet in the shoes of another person first, because only then can we become the Jesus they need and that we are called to be.
That is why we are compelled to have our second Conversation Matters event. We will be addressing several issues that Christians themselves disagree over, including but not limited to, gun control, sexuality, immigration, and more. We hope that you make plans to attend this great event and learn more about how to have helpful and constructive conversation in the midst of disagreement.