CHOW - Church House On Wednesday
Church House on Wednesday is an open and participative speaking and discussion forum which takes place at lunchtime on the first Wednesday of each month at Church House in the middle of St Helier.
At CHOW people from all sections of the local community and business sector gather to share a meal and engage with stimulating and topical talks and discussions on matters of faith, culture, philosophy, politics, work, business, history...and just about everything else.
Each session is crafted around a particular theme or topic and we invite various people to share their thoughts, passions and expertise on that subject in various imaginative ways; including music, Pecha Kucha, story telling, panel discussions and spoken word.
The CHOW community is diverse and lively and people of all faith traditions and none enter into the discussion with the understating that no one perspective is the whole story and that the meal table can be both a place of peace and of controversy.
Our intent is to create a monthly open conversation with an atmosphere of welcome, friendship, authenticity and the sharing of ideas
Each CHOW is a standalone experience and no two CHOW sessions look or feel the same. We generally find that people take two or three sessions to begin to fully engage with and enter into the discussion and many choose just to listen.
We ask for a small contribution for lunch - generally based on the cost per head of catering for the event - and we vary the food from week to week (always providing a vegetarian option).
The conversation starts on the CHOW page of this website the week before, from which a couple of contributors are invited to kick-start the discussion in the comments section of the introductory article – we invite you to leave your comments both ahead of and after each respective session
CHOW stands for Church House On Wednesdays, but it is also an informal word for food (from Chinese Pidgin English in the United States) and a friendly greeting.