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God in the Box: Opportunity to Q&A with a Heartland Official Selection

This year at Heartland Film Fest hundreds will come together for screenings of God in the Box (trailer).  A documentary film that, “explore[s] our diverse and unique views, together as a community, no matter your beliefs or faith or lack of belief.” (from God in the Box press release):

“The film chronicles the journey of a curious Box that pops up on street corners, where people step inside and share drawings and testimonials illustrating their private views of God. Theologians, historians and a mythologist join us on the journey to understand why we see God the way we do in the 21st century.”

Sound familiar?  Sounds a lot like us, huh?  That’s why we’re proud to announce a partnership between Indy Interfaith Conversation Network and God in the Box with partner organizations Lockerbie Central UMC and the Earth House Collective.

Join us on Sunday, October 16th, 6pm at Lockerbie Central’s progressive approach to Christian worship followed by clips of the film and a live Q&A session with the film’s production crew.  Then come out to one of three screenings for Heartland on October 17th, 18th, or 22nd.

Stay tuned for additional opportunities to connect with God in the Box crew and engage with us, the Indy Conversation Network, doing what we do best:  Conversation.

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Welcome. (or, The “Why We Get Together” Post)

Indianapolis Interfaith Conversation Network: An Introduction

Indianapolis Interfaith Conversation Network: Community-building focused on relationship and peace through dialogue: A network of small-group conversation where friends confront their faith for individual learning and growth to benefit the community.

Community-Building

People desire authentic connection with their inner selves, with those around them, and with something bigger than themselves.  We are a gathering of people who acknowledge this core & common desire.

The health of our network is defined by the strength of our relationships.

Peace through Dialogue

Relationship is the foundation and conversation is the framework.  Each of us has a story, a unique lens through which we see the world, and this story shapes our attitudes, beliefs, and opinions.  Sometimes our experiences are similar, often times they are not, but when we tell our stories we give each other the opportunity to identify our common experiences—whether many or few, and in-so doing we deepen our connection.

The health of our network is defined by the peacefulness and civility of our dialogue.

Network of Small-Groups

We are a society of numbers.  Phone numbers, loyalty card numbers, credit card numbers, pants-size-numbers, numbers on a paycheck, numbers on the IPL bill, and so on.  A small group has fewer numbers but more faces.  One group of 20 people allows for deep relationships to grow; five groups of 20 people each expands an individual’s network to a hundred; while 20 groups of 20 people creates opportunities for 400 people to be mobilized for service and peace.  We are building a network that is both intimate and impactive.

The health of our network is defined by the opportunity for any one individual to get involved and have the force of hundreds behind him or her.

Confronting Faith

Is God omnipotent?  Is Jesus divine?  Were all the generations of Israelites gathered at Sinai?  Is there even a God at all?  Is faith relevant?  Can you be spiritual but not religious?  Why are some folks so religious but act like such jerks?  Have you been allowed to ask these questions?

Our conversations affirm something bigger than ourselves.  Some may find this in patterned evolution, for others it is the feeling of connection to a personal creator, still others may fall in between the two ideas where they relate to the Divine as a guiding force in the universe, influencing goodness.  The old adage is true: We think the question is more important than the answer.

The health of our network is defined by the quality of our questions.

Community Benefit

We are not alone.  (+1 from old-school Skully and Mulder fans)  When we engage in conversation we change as individuals and we change those around us.  A community is transformed through the actions of its members.  Through our conversations we are creating a more tolerant and inclusive Indianapolis.  Some weeks we will be thought leaders in the broader community, some weeks we will be a support network for those in our group, and other weeks we give our time as volunteers in support of a cause.

The health of our network is defined by the community benefit we provide.

Join us.