We are gathering together a group of people who are willing to go beyond surface-level conversation to get to the core of topics that are important in culture, politics and faith.

We hop you’ll join us on a journey to break down walls by leaning into tough conversations and topics.

In order to do that well, we created a culture code that we’ll seek to uphold with the hosts, interview guest and community members online and in-person.

1. Value Everyone Without Condition

We believe that everyone deserves respect. Though we may not always agree on issues or solutions, bullying and belittling people will not help us face the problems in front of us. Each individual has a valuable story that can add to the conversation. We are accountable to one another and it's only when we treat others, whether strangers or friends, with love and respect that we can really start to understand who they are and the value they bring.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them
— Mother Teresa

2. Be Unoffendable

If we want to have authentic conversations, civility matters. In order to get to the hard work of restoration, we have to come to the table willing to check our own emotions and assume the best intent in others. It's ok to disagree, it's ok to feel upset by someone, it's ok ask questions, but we are working hard to be a community who doesn't respond rashly because of emotional triggers, stereotypes or anger. Our beliefs and identity are not rooted in what other people think.

Your life will become less stressful when you give up your right to anger and offense. And by the way, if you don’t, you’re doomed. So there’s that too.
— Brant Hansen

3. Press In

Authentic, vulnerable conversations don't come from separation and walls. We don't need more people trying to "win" conversations, we need more people who are willing to ask questions, expose the truth, and lean into discomfort. It takes courage to show up and let ourselves be seen by others and to see others. It's only when we can learn to test our assumptions and press in to problems that we can truly begin to see the solutions. 

People are hard to hate close up, move in.
— Brene Brown

4. Expose False Dichotomies

We live in a world that is obsessed with categorizing everything into "us" vs. "them". But there are more than two sides to every story, more than two solutions to any problem. It's time to check our biases, do our homework and get creative to uncover the hidden options and expose false dichotomies that leave us yelling at each other from the mountaintops.

 

Stop asking “which” or “should” questions. Instead, ask “why” and “how”. You’ll never reach the third option if you don’t allow it to break through the 1’s and 0’s of binary thinking.
— Jonathan Malm

5. Shape the Present

The future is shaped by what we choose to do today. We choose to be people who don't sit around and wait for a solution to be fully formed. By taking action and risks, we can begin to see a different vision for the future. We don't have to wait for government leaders or big businesses to make radical changes. We can shape the world around us, today.

Instead of telling people what they want, we need to tell them who they are. We’ll become in our lives whoever the people we love the most say we are.
— Bob Goff