West Branch Gatherings – Register Now for the Next Meeting

November 12  6:30 – 8:00 PM on Zoom

In the aftermath of Election Day we will consider how we can practice what we preach about graceful speech, and acknowledge all the emotions that arise when there are political winners and losers. We will look forward, considering the habits and structures that can help sustain ongoing political deliberation in our congregations, even in the context of polarization. Around our virtual tables we will sketch plans for starting a deliberation group in the church, one that includes people with differing political views. We will identify the barriers to starting such a group and craft invitations that are honest about the risk but clear about why this is a time to be brave and generous in our speech. We will conclude by remembering God’s extravagant promises with regard to our relationships to each other and to all people.

So that we can send you login information for the meeting, we need you to sign up in advance, ideally by Thursday, November 5, at: https://form.jotform.com/COMPgh/registration—west-branch-Nov

A Note About Our Gatherings

Our theme for 2020 is Talking Politics in Church, how Christians can practice reconciliation in a politically divided world, first within the church and then beyond.

Our speaker for the series this year is Rev. Dr. Angela Hancock, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

As a reference for this year’s studies, you are invited to read I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations (Thomas Nelson, 2019). You may order this book online at Amazon.

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