Finding Common Ground


Please enjoy a thought-provoking message from our own Connie Robinson about conflict, human needs, and listening to one another.  

Connie is a sociologist and senior lecturer at Central Washington University. Her research focuses on nationalist and ethnic conflict, democratization, and conflict resolution in deeply divided societies. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University and New School for Social Research in New York City.  While in graduate school, she worked for International Crisis Group, an organization dedicated to the prevention of conflict worldwide.  She is currently transitioning out of academia to a career that focuses more on the practice of conflict resolution and human rights advocacy in conflict zones.

Acts 17:26-27 (NRSV):
26 From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27 so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28 For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’


Who is God calling me to see and value?

To whom is God calling me to listen?

From whom is God calling me to receive?

To whom is God calling me to give?