June 9, 2024

Forfeiting Our Peculiarity

How can we overcome the adversity of our divided times without losing a radical love for those on the other side? On the third Sunday after Pentecost, Christopher Mack notices parallels between anxieties about political leadership in the time of Samuel and our own. He offers practical tools for how to co-create understanding and connect across differences. [1 Samuel 8:4-9, 19-22 ].


  • Where might you acknowledge your own understanding as partial and incomplete? 
  • Have you experienced co-creating understanding with someone?
  • What might it look like for you to take one step closer to someone important to you, who you disagree with this week?


  1. Book: I Never Thought of It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times by Mónica Guzmán
  2. Video: Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides by Geoffrey L. Cohen
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shqgkOTeS6U 
  3. Video: How to Understand and Be Understood by Dr. Ruchi Sinha

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