How to Have Them in Church and Keep Talking to Each Other
We’ve all experienced it, haven’t we? A casual conversation that turns cold when an idea or bias is challenged. An angry email over a hot-button topic. The church member who’s been distant ever since they agreed to disagree with you. While we know we should talk about difficult topics like racism or mental health, often we don’t know how. Our avoidance of tough conversations comes with a cost, though—to us, our churches, and our communities. Those who most need to experience the love of God in our midst can feel left out.
Come explore alongside pastor and author, Elizabeth Hagan on how you can have difficult conversations in your congregation and thrive through them! You will leave with practical tools you can go home and apply in your context right way about what to say, what intentions are necessary and how you can get the support of the congregation at large.
Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Hagan, Minister; First Christian Church, Athens, GA