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From “Love Thy Neighbor” to “Make America Great Again”: Difficult Conversations in a Difficult Time

Fri 1 PM | Bridge

The Praxis Forum

During difficult and divided times it can be hard to engage in meaningful conversations centered around religious, social, and political topics. However, it is in these exact times when these conversations are most important. In this workshop we will discuss the disconnect between the biblical decree to “love thy neighbor” and the political rhetoric of “Make America Great Again.” We will engage in a discussion as to how important it is to have difficult conversations with family members, friends, and co-workers. We will then move to a share-out where we will give some guidance and tips as to how to hold difficult discussions and provide a space for everyone to practice them. Finally, we will reflect on our experience through a worshipful debrief.

Stephen Tickner

Stephen Tickner is a founding member of the Westar Institute’s The Praxis Forum and is currently serving as the vice-chair. Stephen is the Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church in Danbury, CT. In addition to his pastorate, he also serves as the chaplain at Wooster School – an independent K-12 school in Danbury. Originally from Oklahoma, he now resides in New York City. He has his Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and is ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

100 Difficult Conversations in a Difficult Time

Julia Khan

Julia Khan is a writer, preacher, educator, and chaplain. Her work appeared in an edited anthology, Orthodox Monasticism Past and Present. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, she has served as a Chaplain at Soldier On, a non-profit providing housing and services to homeless and struggling veterans. Julia is currently embarking on a new ministry project which melds an intellectually engaging and spiritually challenging online video series to on-the-ground chaplaincy which seeks to meet the community where they are. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing and teaching martial arts, a passion of hers for thirty years.

100 Difficult Conversations in a Difficult Time

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