Friday, April 10, 2015

Christian Conferencing

Listed below are two examples of how Christians need to relate to one another as we engage in serious dialogue, particularly over issues that often divide us. In a world and in a time where the manner in which we address one another is significant, it is critical that we in the church finds ways to dialogue with each other as people of faith.

Holy Conferencing Principles

  • Every person is a child of God.
  • Listen before speaking.
  • Strive to understand from another’s point of view.
  • Speak about issues, do not defame persons. Disagree without 
  • being disagreeable.
  • Pray, in silence or aloud, about decisions. Let prayer interrupt 
  • your busy-ness.
  • Strive to accurately reflect the views of others.

“[Make] every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
 – Ephesians 4:3 NRSV

“RESPECT” – Eric H. F. Law

  • Responsibility for what you say and feel without blaming others.
  • Empathetic listening
  • Sensitive to different communication styles
  • Ponder what you hear and feel before you speak
  • Examine your own assumptions and perceptions
  • Confidentiality when requested or appropriate
  • Tolerate ambiguity

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