Conversation Café

Conversation Café

Tired of small talk? Try some big talk! 

Drop by for conversations that matter.

Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30am

Conversation Café is an open, hosted conversation where anyone is welcome to join in. There is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk--conversations that matter. A simple format helps people feel at ease and gives everyone who wants it a chance to speak—it’s also fine for people to simply listen.

Each week we’ll have a different topic or question to start the conversation, and then where it goes is up to the participants.

Drop in and join us for a great conversation!

Refreshments! No charge! (Donations welcome)

Suggestions for topics & questions welcome!

Upcoming Topics: 

Sept. 11 What losses - great and small - do we live with?

Sept. 18 What is one guiding principle in your life?

Sept. 25 What book did you really enjoy reading recently?

Oct. 2 How do you decide who to vote for?

Oct. 9 What source do you have for reliable journalism?



Past Conversation Topics:

What losses - great and small - do we live with?
What is one guiding principle in your life?
What changes would you make in our community?
How should we balance human rights with religious freedom?
Who is your greatest inspiration?
What place does patriotism have in our global village?
Who do you think you are (now)?
What are the limits of inclusivity? 
Where is your true “home”? 
What was life like when you were small?
One person I would love to have a conversation with... 
What’s the best part of you summer?

Conversation Café Agreements

Open-mindedness: Listen to and respect all points of view.

Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.

Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.

Discovery: Question assumptions, look for new insights.

Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personal experience.

Brevity: Go for honesty and depth but don’t go on and on.

 

Conversation Café Process

Assemble up to 8 people plus host, hearty topic, a talking object, and time (60-90 min.). Host explains process and agreements.

Round 1: Pass around the talking object; each person speaks briefly to the topic, no feedback or response.

Round 2: Again with talking object, each person deepens their own comments or speaks to what has meaning now.

Dialogue: Open, spirited conversation. Use talking object if there is domination, contention, or lack of focus.

Final Round: With talking object, each person says briefly what challenged, touched or inspired them.

Click here for the Principles of Conversation Cafés

Questions to Go Deeper

  • What happened that led you to this point of view?
  • How does this affect you personally?
  • I’m curious, can you say more about that…
  • Here’s what I heard…is that what you mean?