Community Conversations 2017

 Building Community Together
An Invitation
Community Conversation 3

You are invited to be a part of a six-week conversation group which will take place on Thursday evenings, September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, and 26, from 7:00–8:15 pm, at Kitchen’s Deli, Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 N. Main St., Duncanville. Leaders from a variety of sectors such as businesses, schools, city government, civic clubs, the arts, and churches gather to discuss how to make Duncanville the best city it can be. We hope to have well-rounded, well-represented participation from our diverse city.

This Community Conversation grows out of the Community in Unity festival, pictures of which you see here. Inspired by the vision of being a diverse community that works together for the common good, topics include supporting one another and our police, helping those in crisis, and working collaboratively for economic flourishing. We will explore how to engage together, both young and old, of multi-ethnicities, to create a culture that is good for the whole—and energizing all our citizens to do the same. 

In case you are unfamiliar with past Community Conversations, following are some comments from previous Conversation groups:

“Thank you for hosting this lecture series. It was nice to see how people responded to the unique ideas and approach. . . . Because we all come from different places and have different experiences, an exercise like this is always a tremendous help, even if only for a new experience. To be honest, I’m going to miss the Thursday night talk.”

“Thank you for doing this. . . . I have benefitted from this experience, and look forward to partnering in the future.”

“I use the Nehemiah story (from Conversation 2) in all my talks when I speak.”

As we have this Conversation, we need people who reflect our diverse community in age, ethnicity, and viewpoint. If you know of someone you think can contribute and who is actively interested in Duncanville, please invite them. The objective is to be a welcoming place for people to speak and to be heard. Our discussions will be grounded in good manners; showing respect for one another and the variety of experiences each brings. Consistency in attendance will benefit all of us.

I am excited about this group, and feel that Duncanville will be better and stronger for it as we each open ourselves to this Community Conversation. See you September 21!

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Rev. Dr. Ginger Hertenstein, First Presbyterian Church Duncanville
543 E. Freeman St, Duncanville, TX | 972.298.3043 | www.fpcd.org