The church hall was converted into a lecture room/coffee-house setting with images of my book, flyers about my work, beautiful table-dressings, information about First Forum, and Messiah College colors. I spoke for about 45 minutes and fielded questions for another 30 or so. It was a very intelligent and thoughtful crowd.
Following the event coffee and dessert was served, which allowed the attendees to chat informally about the lecture. I had some great conversations with folks from the church.
I hope more churches will think hard about creating spaces for these kind of events as part of their mission to the community.