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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: