The American front porch once represented the ideal of community in America. It was a safe zone between public and private, an area where interaction with the community could take place. The porch fostered a sense of community and neighborliness. In the evenings, as people moved outdoors, the porch served to connect individuals. The neighbors might stop by one's house, to sit on the porch and discuss both personal and community issues. We are using the metaphor of the front porch to encourage people to approach these gatherings without intimidation. The goal is to create less formal yet welcoming environments where you don't have to be intimate or close friends to be comfortable having spiritually significant conversations that are applicable and relevant to our everyday lives.