Reverend Linda Taylor
Peacemaking is a value close to our hearts in faith communities, but the division and conflict that are facts of daily life in the secular community are also part of our lives in faith. As people who have covenanted to support each other and act for the good of the world, faith communities often meet particular barriers as we seek ways to help people bridge differences.
We are dedicated to offering Living Room Conversations (LRC) resources to support faith communities in this holy work of increasing understanding and building peace, one conversation at a time.
My testimony: I first experienced Living Room Conversations in May 2016 at a conference in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real in California.
This space will always be a work-in-progress because each experience teaches us something new. We are beginning with a FAQ page, a step-by-step process guide with a few handy hints, links to sermons and blogs, and templates for email invitations and newsletter announcements. All of the LRC topics are useful for congregations, and new topics of specific interest to faith communities are in the works. Let us know how we can best support you–and let us know if there are topics you would like to be developed
As you consider trying Living Room Conversations in your community, I encourage you to keep four things in mind:
The Living Room Conversation Guides support safe, honest and loving conversation in a way that has power to change the dynamic in your community.
Living Room Conversations are easy to do, whether 6 or 106 people are gathered for small group conversations.
You have the skills to do this. Living Room Conversations don’t need a facilitator or a team of experts, but we are available to help with any questions or concerns you may encounter.
We will keep building resources to support your work and hope that you’ll share what you learn with all of us.
Healthy congregations have conversations, and Living Room Conversations have been a blessing to me and to those with whom I’ve worked. I hope you’ll accept our invitation, and I look forward to hearing from you.
Read more about how to get started hosting your own Living Room Conversation at the button below.