Faith Communities for NWOC:
Resource Guide

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:

1

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.

2

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.

3

Add your event to the NWOC calendar

Promote your event and receive recognition for your work on the events calendar.

4

Promote NWOC

Promote the National Week of Conversation to other faith communities and other groups in your area. Check out our partner kit for sample emails and social media messaging.  

5

And more!

These are just a few ideas. We invite you to be creative and register your own event. Perhaps you want to use your own conversation guide or invite an expert speaker to your faith community? Please register your event and direct any questions to [email protected].

I’m an individual and want to participate
through my local congregation. What do I do?

  • Check out our events page to find a local participating faith community.
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