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Our First Confessional Communities

Updated: Aug 25, 2022

CBK'S first cohort of Confessional Communities have been meeting over Zoom, sharing their stories, and engaging in the work of healing together.



Written by Robyn


The Center for Being Known (CBK) announces the official launch of Confessional Communities. Introduced at Connections 2021 as a new initiative of the CBK, the first cohort of Confessional Communities formed in early 2022 with approximately 30 participants. The Spring 2022 cohort initially formed and trained as a large group under the oversight of Dr. Curt Thompson and Neal Smith, CBK board chair, and have since gone on to form small group Confessional Communities of 6–8 people.


Confessional Communities create a community of people who gather with the intention of becoming an outpost of beauty and goodness in the world. Over the course of 6–9 months, Confessional Communities move through a well-orchestrated series of four primary “movements”:

  1. Storytelling Liturgy

  2. Deeper Study of CBK Concepts

  3. Four Questions

  4. Closing Liturgy

These movements intend to facilitate a move from Confessional Communities as a resource for real life to reflection of real life, “talking about” becomes “being with” through the sharing of mutual love and encouragement.


A Practice of Transformation

“Confessional Communities create a community of people who gather with the intention of becoming an outpost of beauty and goodness in the world.”

The guiding framework for CBK’s Confessional focuses on the following principles:

· the transforming work of telling our stories ever more truly,

· the transforming process of “dwelling, gazing and inquiring,”

· and the transforming practice for heaven at the interface of Christian spiritual formation and interpersonal neurobiology.


Dr. Thompson first established Confessional Communities in his psychiatry practice as a safe space in which people can share the totality of their stories—the good and the bad, the brokenness and the beauty—and experience, in return, the healing presence of God through the people with them “in the room.” Confessional Communities seek to position the people God in the path of the oncoming beauty of being deeply known by Him and by others. “It is in communities like these that we encounter the possibility of being deeply known and where we ‘practice for heaven,’” states Thompson, “We need others to bear witness to our deepest longings, our greatest joys, our most painful shame, and all the rest in order to have any sense at all of ourselves.”


To Be Heard and to Help


As these collaborative encounters lead to experiences of being “seen, soothed, safe, and secure,” healing community in Christ leads to creative engagement with the world. “When one truly feels known, and secure in that knowing, then they are able to take the risk of imagining and creating beauty again,” states Thompson, “And that’s what happens in these sessions. Because it isn’t just the being heard that heals, but the ability to help others.”


CBK expects to launch a second cohort of Confessional Communities in the coming months. Please monitor our website for information about registration.


“We need others to bear witness to our deepest longings, our greatest joys, our most painful shame, and all the rest in order to have any sense at all of ourselves.” — Curt Thompson, MD

Stay tuned to the CBK website for the latest news about Confessional Communities.

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Wendy Gladstone
Dec 29, 2023

I am hoping to find this method

“in person”. when you can be seen, heard, and felt… I have been listening to Adam Young’s podcasts and learned of you via being on Adam’s podcasts. we really need you and Adam and his other wonderful guests to make your methods available in person….there are a number of us in Florida that would be very great full


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KP
KP
Oct 13, 2022

If we’ve signed up to join a confessional community, when might we hear whether or not we‘ve been placed and when can we expect it to begin? Will we get an email update? Please advise. Really looking forward to starting!

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Kimberly Jensen
Kimberly Jensen
Jul 12, 2022

Do you offer training or information for group leaders/facilitators about the four movements that groups work through together?

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Ron Oxley
Ron Oxley
Jul 06, 2022

Thank you for liking my comment. I’d appreciate a response to my question if that’s possible. Do I need to use another form of contact to get a reply? Thanx for your assistance.


Ron Oxley

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Jess Gaul
Jess Gaul
Jul 06, 2022
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Hello Ron! New confessional communities will be forming later this summer. CBK members will receive updates via our email newsletter about the launch of confessional communities. If you are not already a member of the CBK Association, you can join with a free or paid membership here: https://www.thecbk.org/membership


Otherwise, you can stay tuned to our News page here on the site for updates! Thanks for your interest and enthusiasm!


Jess Gaul, Community Support Coordinator

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Toni Lee
Jun 30, 2022

I ditto all the dittos

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