About The Encounters Series
The Encounters Series, a program dedicated to fostering unexpected conversations around divisive issues and obscure knowledge, began in Spring 2017 with the sponsorship of the Humility & Conviction in Public Life project, the Hartford Public Library (Hartford History Center), and the Wadsworth Atheneum (The Amistad Center for Art & Culture).
Encounters dives deeply into the subjects that are of interest to the Greater Hartford community through facilitated, small-group dialogues followed by a “question and answer”-style conversation with UConn faculty and community partners. Readings are provided beforehand to better encourage informed and informal dialogue within conversations that often prove to be polarizing, and thus unproductive.
- By what acts of love is your (faith) community known?
- What is meant by “Unity” in terms of faith?
- What would it look like for unity to be restored?
- Who is the foreigner in your community?
- What does it mean to love “the other”?
- Can justice, kindness, or humility be achieved politically? How?
- Charity and caring for the poor are important Biblical directives. How do we see that reflected in current voting trends?
- How do your faith commitments shape or influence your politics? How do your politics shape or influence your faith commitments?
- Describe an instance in which your faith and politics were in tension with one another. How did you resolve this?
- If love and unity are central to Christian faith, what are the greatest barriers to seeing that love, caring, and unity being reflected in our lives?
- What are the ways we can practice love, caring and unity?