Faith Communities for NWOC:
Sign up for your faith community to participate in the National Week of Conversation April 20-28, 2018!
Why should my faith community participate? The National Week of Conversation (NWOC) is an opportunity to help your faith community’s members connect with other people in their community and across the country. Faith traditions share the common value of peace-making. Congregations of all faiths are trusted gathering places for the larger community as well as members of their own community. They also are organized to help people gather in communities across the country. This peace focus, trust and capacity for hospitality can help in NWOC’s mission to revitalize our democracy. NWOC will encourage your members to connect to other people in conversations they normally would not be able to have.
How can my congregation participate?
There are a number of different ways
your congregation can participate in NWOC:
Host an event, or make your congregation available for conversations
- Create a fellowship event: Invite members to gather for conversations that will help them grow in understanding and deepen relationships. Check out Planning a Community Living Room Conversation.
- Provide a conversation opportunity for established groups: Most congregations have groups that meet regularly for fellowship, study, governance or service. Commit one meeting time to a conversation that will enrich your time together.
- Build effective teams: Support congregational teams by offering conversations that give practice in understanding others’ perspectives, building trust and listening respectfully.
- Living Room Conversations offers self-facilitated conversation guides. Simply provide meeting space and conversation guides to folks from your larger community who can meet at your site for conversations.
- Facilitated Conversations: Send an email to our Faith Communities Partner for assistance in hosting a virtual conversation ([email protected]) or locating a facilitator ([email protected]) who can be present with you.
Provide computers for your members to connect with others across the country
Mismatch is a service that utilizes free video conferencing systems to connect people across the country for conversations across divides. Simply provide space in your congregation for people to use computers and participate. Point your patrons to Mismatch.org where they can sign up for a conversation.