I participated in the first ever such conversation this past year at Johns Hopkins University. The outcome was exceptional. I joined in conversation with former Pentecostal minister turned secular humanist, Jerry DeWitt, about the importance of finding points of common ground between human secularists and progressive Christians. The goal was to begin envisioning ways to intentionally bring these groups together in order to have a larger impact on common goals such as LGBT rights, women's reproductive rights, separation of church and state and more.
The conversation was even better than I expected. It was engaging, honest, respectful and frequently amazingly humorous. The audience participated heavily in the discussion and we ended with some remarkable points of common ground and, what I believe was, a much clearer understanding and appreciation of each other.
Here's just a couple of examples of the conversation. First up is Jerry on why these conversations are important.