WE TAKE PART IN DIALOGUE
Our Mercy Community gathering includes reflection on and dialogue about a story or text. We believe humans learn best and absorb truth most successfully when some version of self-discovery is used as a learning method. For this reason we embrace a Socratic Learning process.
Rather than lecturing passive listeners, the leader orchestrates an interactive dialogue, allowing participants to draw out understanding from the text and share their thoughts with one another. As propositions and predispositions are openly discussed, the group is challenged to evaluate them against the text. All participants learn to work their questions through to solid, lasting conclusions and, in the process, are shifting their worldview to a more God-centered foundation.
Our Text is the Bible
We believe the narratives, letters, prophetic writings, and poetry of the Bible to be a true and accurate expression of who God is and what he has done in the world. While other writings may be helpful and express some level of truth, we believe the Bible stands alone as the ultimate arbitrator of what is and what should be in our human world. It is not our only springboard for dialogue and discussion, but it is the last word on all issues pertaining to God and human interaction.