DIALOGUES ARE AT THE HEART OF THE CHURCH LAB.
THE SHORTHAND FOR A TCL DIALOGUE IS THIS: BEING FRIENDS.
Small groups gather bi-weekly in a living room to talk about spiritual life. We learn to articulate our own convictions in a diverse room of caring people. We are sharpened as we learn about one another’s beliefs. As time moves on, we discover a deeper trust; vulnerability and nuance find their way into our time together.
DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ARE WELCOME HERE. ALL ARE CHALLENGED. ALL ARE UPLIFTED.
Here your convictions are supported, mutually exclusive beliefs are taken seriously and common ground is celebrated. Laughter and trust are consistent and key to every session. No one is convincing, persuading or winning. At TCL, we seek to understand before being understood.
Some of us are deeply committed to conservative, moderate or liberal expressions of a given faith tradition, or sometimes multiple traditions. Some of us are not sure what we believe right now, but we have lots of questions and need a safe place to explore them. TCL Dialogues have been home to Protestants, Catholics, Latter-day Saints, Muslims, Jews, Pagans, agnostics, atheists, Buddhists, Native Americans, seekers and more. Whoever you are, you are welcome here.
MEANINGFUL SPIRITUAL GROWTH: OFFERING AN ENVIRONMENT TO LEARN HOW TO EXERCISE LOVE TOWARDS NEIGHBORS WE MAY NOT OTHERWISE MEET
At TCL Dialogues, we get to learn from one another directly and speak from our hearts. This tends to dispel fears and anxieties about people of varying convictions you might not have known previously. Inevitably this invites spiritual growth, whatever your tradition may be.