Community Group

Center Community Group

Welcome to the Center Community Group, where we gather around a passion for Jesus-centered justice!

Who We Are

Our interdenominational community is committed to a biblical vision of justice and peace in the world. The person, work, and words of Jesus provide the foundation for our engagement in our homes, neighborhoods, and churches. We desire to be formed by Jesus through communal practices, because our experience has taught us that loving God, neighbor and self is best when done together.

What We Do

We nurture a peer-based, collaborative environment by sharing learning resources and opportunities for engagement, practicing agapic speaking and listening, and participating in spiritual formation practices. We connect several times a month by email and through Google Classroom, with more opportunities to come! Many of our members also participate in the Center Book Study.

How To Join

Connect with others who are passionate about justice by clicking this link for Google Classroom.

Group Guidelines

Give and receive welcome.

People learn best in hospitable spaces. We support each other’s learning by giving and receiving hospitality.

 

No fixing, advising or correcting

Share from your own experience. If you are open to feedback, you can ask for another’s experience. But do not offer advice to another if you are not asked.

 

Lead with curiosity.

If another’s comments bother you or cause you to feel an emotion strongly, before you respond, ask yourself what might be going on with you.

 

Avoid theological debates.

We are here to share how we are growing in our love of God, neighbor, and self. Denominational, theological, or doctrinal debates will distract the group from our ultimate goal which is engaging in justice and peace in the world.

 

Practice deep confidentiality.

Being part of any group requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussions make groups great, but may also be sensitive and private. What’s shared in the group should stay in the group.

 

No hate speech or bullying.

Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.


*Some guidelines adapted from Parker Palmer’s Circle of Trust Touchstones.