HOW WE SET THE TABLE
We believe that a key to interacting in a Christ-like way is to hold certain values at the heart of our conversations. Therefore, prior to diving in, we mutually assent to the following statements as a way of “setting the table.”
Extend and receive welcome
We support each other’s learning by giving and receiving hospitality. Truly, all are welcome at The Table.
Be present as fully as possible
Come as you are with your beliefs, joys and successes as well as your doubts fears and failures. There is a seat for you at The Table.
Participation is by invitation, not demand
You know yourself best. Participate out loud only as you feel comfortable. There is no judgment at The Table.
Listen well and learn from silence
Silence can feel awkward, but it is a gift in our noisy world and a way of learning in itself. Silence does not indicate a lack of participation at The Table.
No fixing, saving, or judging others
We promote a safe space for honest conversation using “I” statements and open questions, not advice or critique. Honest and open dialogue is the foundation of The Table.
Expect to encounter mystery and paradox
Both enrich our lives and help us understand the complexities of life and faith. We embrace “both-ands” versus “either-ors” at The Table.
Attend to your own inner teacher
As we explore scripture together, we also have a unique opportunity to learn from our own reflections and reactions. Our intellect and the knowledge that comes through our spiritual intuition and emotions will be trusted at The Table.