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Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (Dinner @ 5:30pm) 5.30.18 - 6.27.18

Historic First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Santa Barbara

1915 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Have you ever had any of these thoughts?

• What environments can help people grow and transform?

• I feel like I've been migrating on my faith journey, and I don't quite know where I'm heading. Where is this thing heading??

• Is there a paradigm that can help me understand my own growth?

• Is there a way to understand compassionately where others are at and facilitate conversations even though we disagree?

• I want to understand more how humans grow and change, and make sense of our world and its politics, religions, and social environments on a larger scale.

If you are interested in any of these questions, then you won't want to miss this series on Spiral Dynamics. SD is simply a model for seeing how humans move through different stages of growth over their lifetimes. Drawing off of psychology, sociology, and tons of global research, the Spiral is the most helpful tool we have encountered for teaching people how to understand difference and change.

The cool thing about this paradigm is that once you see the pattern, you start to see it everywhere in your world! It will help you better understand your relationships, your work environments, your self, and really any place in your life where there is a prevailing culture. Whether that culture is perceived by you as positive or negative, the Spiral is really the tool behind the tool that will help us understand why people hold the values they do.

We hope you'll adventure into the Spiral with us! If you've grown up with a Christian background, the Spiral will help you understand almost every religious experience or person you have ever come into contact with as we all learn to transcend and include all parts of our faith journeys.


Dinner & Dialogue: DEEP NOT WIDE

Wednesdays @ 6:15pm (Dinner @ 5:30pm) 4.18.18 - 5.16.18

Historic First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Santa Barbara

1915 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

It's so easy to spread ourselves too thin. Sometimes we need to aim for deep, not wide.

Many of us are coming out of this weekend with burning hearts after journeying into the Great Spiritual Migration with Brian McLaren on Friday and Saturday! It was so great to see so many of you, and to press in to this amazing encouragement to live the way of love together. With that inspiration as a sort of backdrop, tonight we will be beginning a new series called Deep Not Wide, where we will explore this Jesus way of love together and continue the conversation. Sometimes when I talk about this idea with people, I encourage them to steer clear from a "Love, And" or "Love, But" theology. When we try too hard to make additions to or add extra requirements to the simplicity of the command "Love your neighbor," we often end up missing the point. Our adventure at the Way Collective is definitely an adventure in learning to love truly and beautifully.

If you are interested in journeying with us as we continue this movement to live a different way in the world, one of love, you won't want to miss this Dinner & Dialogue series. In this series, we'll be going deep, not wide. Deep into the story of love that undergirds our lives cosmically, deep into the Christ story, and deep locally here into the history and current story of Santa Barbara. If you've wondered what it could look like to get back to the simplicity of the Jesus way of love and how to live out this story in a community, this series is for you!


Dinner & Dialogue: ALL WHO WANDER

Wednesdays @ 6pm (Dinner @ 5pm) 2.28.18 - 4.11.18

Historic First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Santa Barbara

1915 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

J.R.R Tolkien is famous for having said:

"Not all who wander are lost."

Ours is a time of wandering. Of transition. Of spiritual sojourning. Many of us are wondering which path to take as we navigate these shifting times. We often feel lost and without a guide as the culture changes all around us.

Many of us are also carrying big questions around what we can take forward with us from our faith tradition, and how that will work in the 21st century?

Wandering is a part of it. Holding the great questions are a part of it too.

Come join us for this series of conversations as we address transition, the spiritual path to transformation, and how intentional living can set us up for lives of peace, creativity, and rest. At the Way Collective, we embrace a rhythm of life that prioritizes practices and values that lead us to wholeness. Join us as we explore how wandering can lead us to life: life for ourselves and for the common good of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Not all who wander are lost...

2018 Informational Dinner & Dialogue: way collective rhythm of life: an invitation to live

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:00PM

Where: First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1915 Chapala St.

Come join us for some dinner and dialogue around the direction of the Way Collective movement for 2018. We've got lots of goodness in store for you in this coming year, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Dinner will be from 5-6PM. Feel free to arrive any time between 5 and 6 and grab a bite to eat. A $5 Donation is suggested, but not required. Kids are welcome to come eat with families and food and childcare will be provided.

Meeting and dialogue will be from 6-7:15. Tim and Sarah will share about where we're heading in 2018, including our new rhythm of life, upcoming series' and events, and will invite the Santa Barbara community into the journey with the Way! This will be a good time for people who have not heard about us to come and get acquainted with our community.

We have missed seeing all of you this winter, and hope you'll consider joining us as we start back up! Much peace.

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Living well:

a core collective workshop through Krista Tippett's Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living

(Thursdays October 5th - November 30th from 7:30PM-9:30PM)

Third Window Brewing Co. Patio 406 E Haley St #3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This 8-week series will be the next step of communal preparation as we move toward a more official launch of the Way Collective at the beginning of Advent. This book is one of the best books we’ve read in the last 10 years, and almost no resource speaks so directly to the changes that are afoot in translating Christianity and religion for our time. Krista’s insight and depth of wisdom will inform a study through 5 main topics: Words, Flesh (Body), Love, Faith, and Hope. These conversations will be a more in-depth look at the Jesus Way we are all being invited into: a way of artful living committed to connection, contemplation, critical thinking, creativity, and compassionate action for the 21st century.

This will be much more than a book study. Our gatherings will continue to reflect our core practices and values while deepening our collective understanding of what it means to live well for common good in our community in our time. If you have loved being a part of Dinner & Dialogue series, or have a piqued curiosity about who we are, then this will be right up your alley. We hope that you’ll consider being a part of the core community at the Way Collective as we move forward and commit to not only these 8 weeks with us, but also what they are building into: a space for all people in the greater Santa Barbara area to find a spiritual community that welcomes all and inspires them to deepen peace and live well for the common good.

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Dinner & Dialogue: 5 practices & values

(Thursdays August 31st - September 28th from 7:30PM-9:30PM)

Third Window Brewing Co. Patio 406 E Haley St #3, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

This was our opening series for the Way Collective. We met to eat, engage new ideas, and explore our core practies and values. We conversed about Connection, Contemplation, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Compassionate action and how we can impact the community of Santa Barbara by living well together for the common good.

These five gatherings set the tone for our collective future and built in to a new Collective Conversations series in which our core community will dive even deeper in to living well by studying Krista Tippett's Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living. We look forward together to a more official launch of our weekly gathering at the beginning of Advent.

8.31: Connection & Hospitality

9.7: Contemplation & Mystery

9.14: Critical Thinking & Wisdom

9.21: Creativity & Beauty

9.28: Compassion & Love/Justice

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