I facilitated dialogue between conservative and gay Christians in the same denomination off and on for two years. It got ugly at times. Getting people to come is the hardest part. (same problem with racial issues) This group was truly inclusive and most of the people there were experts on Bible scripture, citing Chapter and verse to support their points. Previously intellectual sparring kept the group from learning about the other’s personal faith journeys – their stories. It is impossible to demonize someone once you know their story. The man who drew this map was from the conservative side and yet he spoke for everyone. Even if they all could quote scripture, and acted as if they knew what God said, the Circle above representing God gets to the truth of the matter. “I don’t remember talking to either one of them lately.” Everyone needs to get off their soapbox in order to achieve collaboration and understanding.
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