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Courage to Connect


Courage to Connect

Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.

Category: Action 

Facilitated by Daniel Hughes and Troy Bronsink

We can’t think ourselves into new ways of living, we must live ourselves into new ways of thinking.

In July 2017, after the hung jury Ray Tensing trial, two friends, Daniel Hughes, a black pastor from Price Hill, and Troy Bronsink, a white pastor from Bond Hill looked around for spaces to have difficult, courageous conversations about differing experiences of our same city, nation, and world. They decided to work together to facilitate spaces for these courageous conversations, convinening upwards of 70 people over the last two years. What arose were questions like:

Does contemplation even make a difference in the “real world” of political and racial chaos?

How does our interior work go public?

Where can we practice meaningful conversations that model self-care and solidarity?

Courage to Connect is a course designed to facilitate dialogue (as opposed to debate), and mindful awareness. Like-mindedness can damage community, but this group is designed to emphasize how shared intention or “like-heartedness” can hold together a room of people with very different experiences and convictions. We seek to amplify the voices who aren’t often heard in the mainstream, without asking the most vulnerable in our gathering to bear the weight of the conversations.

This is a laid-back conversational space. There is a food component, were participants bring snacks. The facilitators bring specific conversations from current events as well as difficult conversations to have in “brave” ways. And everyone pitches in to affect how the class unfolds. This 6-week version of the class is a pilot of something we hope to offer more frequently, with a dream that those who have completed the class might eventually hold Courage to Connect events in their own communities and workplaces around the city.

A great class for those wanting to take the next step from contemplation to action, and who have the courage to connect in meaningful ways.

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