Connecting on a deeper level: inspirational lay leaders

Published: July 12, 2019

Sharon is the Director of the Ugly Duckling Company. The charity’s mission is to explore how you stimulate life-changing and spiritual conversations.

Sharon said, “People often find it hard to get beyond small talk in everyday conversation but I think there is a real human need to connect on a deeper level. When we become Christians, we are motivated to share our faith. Building on real relationships and listening to people lets us truly understand those around us. As we share life with someone, opportunities naturally arise to stimulate relevant conversations about the Good News.

“I bring a group of women together in the local pub to play a game called Table Talk (a conversational game, devised by the UDC which gives people the space to explore and share their ideas). On the way home from the last Table Talk session, a woman said to me, “I love our Table Talk evenings. Even though our group appears to have nothing in
common—different jobs, interests, never worked together or been to school together and don’t have children the same age… yet this is where I have the most deep and meaningful conversations.

“And it doesn’t matter what you believe—you can still say anything that’s on your mind.” I was grinning as I was driving home because that’s exactly why we created the game. Another woman said, “I’ve been desperate to talk about some of these things, but didn’t want to be the one to bring it up in conversation.”

“When I was growing up, my dad always used to remind me that it doesn’t matter which job you are in or where you find yourself, we can all do our best and we all inspire other people in some way.”

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