These groups differ from traditional discussion groups in one important respect. The purpose of a Weavings Reading Group is not to talk about the content of the reading. Rather, participants are encouraged to share with one another how some aspect of the content has provided a doorway into a deeper encounter with their own life story and God’s presence and work in that story. This approach to the content of the reading remains vital for both the individual participants and the group because it fosters a growing consciousness of their relationship with God and a developing capacity to articulate the nature of that relationship. In contrast, groups gathered simply for the purpose of discussing the content of Weavings articles will have both a limited life span and limited impact on the lives of the participants. Why? Because concentrating only on discussion of the content allows participants to keep at a safe distance the issues addressed by the authors.