Table Talk is an event sponsored by the Vineyard at Tuttle Crossing to provide a forum to discuss polarizing topics of the day. Table Talk is a facilitated 60-90 minute discussion where folks with diverse views can share their views, listen and learn from others, and even disagree, but with civility and respect. The goal of Table Talk is not to resolve controversy but to strengthen the community by increasing understanding. Please bring a friend and join us!
December 2019: What should followers of Jesus do and how should they think about gun violence, whether it's mass shootings, suicides, domestic violence or accidental shootings?
Gun violence is one of the most polarizing issues of our day. Followers of Jesus are criticized for having little more than to offer than "thoughts and prayers" to the crisis of gun violence. Virtually everyone is interested in reducing and, if possible, ending gun violence. However, people are divided about the root causes of gun violence and how to address it. With each new incident of gun violence, the pressure increases to find workable solutions. What can followers of Jesus do to help reduce gun violence?
Come a little early, grab some great food at the Giant Eagle food court and meet in the public seating area. We'll try to start around 12:15
Date: December 8, 2019 Time: 12:15-1:30ish
Place: 6700 Perimeter Loop Rd, Dublin, OH 43017
Guidelines for Table Talk Participation
- Respect others' rights to hold opinions and beliefs that differ from your own. When you disagree, challenge or criticize the idea, not the person.
- Listen carefully to what others are saying even when you disagree with what is being said. Listen actively and with an ear to understanding others' views. Don't just think about what you are going to say while someone else is talking. Comments that you make (asking for clarification, sharing critiques, expanding on a point, etc.) should reflect that you have paid attention to the speaker's comments.
- Be courteous. Don't interrupt or engage in private conversations while others are speaking. Use attentive, courteous body language.
- Support your statements. Use evidence and provide a rationale for your points.
- Share responsibility for including all voices in the discussion. If you have much to say, try to hold back a bit; if you are hesitant to speak, look for opportunities to contribute to the discussion.
- Recognize that we are all still learning. Be willing to change your perspective, and make space for others to do the same.