Faith in Society

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How do we respect the rights of individuals in their pursuit of happiness and maintain a cohesive culture in our country?  Religion and faith are part of the human experience.  This conversation allows us the opportunity to hear how others incorporate their faith into a lived experience and where we each believe the boundaries of faith exist.

This conversation was inspired by the Oprah Winfrey Network and their Belief series which airs October 18-24, 2015 on OWN. The Belief team adopted the Living Room Conversation Ground Rules for use with their Living Room Chats. We encourage you to watch Belief and then have your own conversation about The Role of Faith and Religion in Society.

More about Belief here.


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here

A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
●What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
●What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
●What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
●What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: The Role of Faith and Religion in Society?
Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:
●Do you see religion as generally speaking a positive or negative influence in society?  Why?
●What does a separation of church and state mean to you when it comes to the role of religion in society?
●What role should faith/religion play in our political system?  Are there appropriate limits - or are there too many limitations in place already?
●What is the appropriate relationship between faith and science - and are there ways to make that interaction more productive?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
●In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
●What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
●Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:
●What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
●Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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