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Room to Be: Making Space for Growth in Conservative Settings

Saturday, 11:00am | Open

Is it possible to create openness to new ideas and new ways of being Christian in conservative settings? Can safe conversations happen in such places? Bryan and Christy Berghoef think so. They will speak from their own experiences in creating progressive communities and safe conversation spaces in a traditionally conservative region. Learn how to find common ground, how and when to be straight-forward, and when to hold back. Whether in the living room, the coffee shop, the sanctuary or the pub—such conversations can and are happening!

Bryan and Christy Berghoef

Bryan and Christy live in Holland, MI, where they are helping form a new progressive faith community: Holland UCC. They have also led communities in Washington, DC and Traverse City, MI. They both sense that community is at its best where all feel welcome, where love of neighbor is extended and received, and simplicity and depth are at the core. Bryan is a pastor and author of the book, Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God. He insists that good things happen when we sit around the table together and talk about things that matter, and what better setting than at the pub, over a pint. Christy is a civil discourse consultant, photographer, musician, writer, speaker and mother of four. She is the author of Cracking the Pot: Releasing God from the Theologies That Bind Him.

Session ID [420]
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