We are now at the end of the Church of England’s Regional Shared Conversations on human sexuality. There were thirteen three-day Conversations around the country, each facilitated by around seven or eight mediators and I did five. They were quite challenging, not least because as a facilitator my own views and beliefs (which were sometimes very different to those of some participants) had to be suppressed.
It has been very enlightening though, and a privilege, to hear other Christian’s strongly held beliefs expressed and valued by others who believed differently.
The whole purpose of the Conversations was to create a safe space for people to talk, understand and value difference, and it was an undoubted success. The intention was not to find answers, just to share and understand, which is a real luxury in today’s society.