Bridges Over Battle Lines: how to move your heated conversations beyond debate

Fri 10 AM | Portal

Kevin Garcia

We live in a world that is more polarized than ever, so how do we live in the tension of people different from us? In this workshop, we’ll talk about strategies and ideas to help move conversations from merely debating differing theologies into meaningful relationships. We’ll talk about healthy boundaries, how to protect your energy, and how to use your story as your most effective tool in building bridges instead of drawing battle lines in the communities we live in and between those we love. Specifically, we’ll talk about how our brains are wired for fear rather than vulnerability, we’ll examine specific conversational strategies to move conversations from debate into meaningful conversation, and discuss how boundaries and self-care are pivotal in this work to bring about more healing and justice in our world.

Kevin Garcia

Kevin Garcia is a speaker, creative, musician, content creator and worship artist based in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2013 with a BM in Music Education and has been everything from a barista to a corporate office worker to a non-profit professional since then. After coming out in the fall of 2015 as a gay Christian, Kevin has reached thousands of individuals across the globe with his blog,, his podcast, “A Tiny Revolution,” on his YouTube channel where he unpacks theology and addresses life as a queer person of faith, and through speaking engagements at churches, universities, and festivals. Kevin also works with The Reformation Project, an LGBTQ direction action organization with a mission to make the global church more inclusive for queer people. He is presently a candidate for a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. He believes that by telling our stories, we set others free to tell theirs.

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