WHAT IS CONVICTED CIVILITY?
Convicted Civility, a term coined by theologian Richard Mouw, is the practice of holding both conviction and civility as integral, complementary aspects of what it means to bring Christian faith into public discourse. Inherent in this task is the difficult challenge of becoming a person who speaks with passionate intensity and gentle peacefulness.
Level Ground’s vision is that all people will learn to value a diversity of identities and convictions, forming relationships across their differences and disagreements. With this in mind were honored to have Luke Timothy Johnson, from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, and Karen Swallow Prior, from Liberty University in dialogue with one another.
BOTH LUKE AND KAREN ARE SCHOLARS, PROFESSORS, AND FAITHFUL PEOPLE WHO DEEPLY DISAGREE WITH ONE ANOTHER.
It is our hope that this dialogue will push, challenge, complicate, and deepen the conversation about faith, gender, and sexuality for each of us, no matter our sexual orientation or theological conviction.
Level Ground creates space for dialogue about faith, gender, and sexuality. We host immersive experiences where those who gather together can hear and empathize with each other’s stories.
Level Ground does not support any particular political or theological agenda. Our purpose is not to move one group of people to think, believe, vote, or worship like another group of people. Our team is from a wide range of political, educational, and Christian faith backgrounds, but we are unified in our vision to help communities foster relationships between people of differing positions (within and outside the church walls). We seek to elevate the public discourse in the midst of disagreement, to encourage reconciliation instead of division, and to embody Christian discipleship as we encounter a diversity of beliefs.