Upcoming Event

Our next event:

When: Tuesday, September 25th  6pm

Where: Hackberry Bistro (above the People’s Food Coop)

A light meal will be provided free of charge

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? What does it mean to be a good citizen?”.

Our speaker will be Tom Thibodeau, Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University. Tom has been teaching at Viterbo University for 34 years. He is a husband, father, grandfather, teacher, active community member, and part owner of a country tavern. 

Past Be Topics and Speakers:


“Fake News!  Do We Really Want to Know the Truth?”

  •  Speaker:  Scott Rada

“Healthcare is Broken. What’s its Future?”

  • Speaker: Bud Hammes

“Does Religion Matter? Faith, Values, and Action.”

  • Speaker: John McHugh

“We The People. A Way Forward For a Divided Nation”

  • Speaker: Sam Scinta

“What is Truth?”

  • Speaker: Mark Barber

“Is the God of Islam the Same as the God of Christianity and Judaism?”

  • Speaker: Richard Kyte

Why I helped create .Be.

Our Mission & Values

Our Mission

.be. desires to provide a place for all people to enter into authentic conversations of the head and heart and to seek common ground with other.

Our Vision

.be. desires to create and nurture a culture of relationship and community building.

.be Values

Storytelling – Human stories, rather than just opinions.
Listening – Practicing presence with ourselves and others.
Bridge-building – Honoring the human spirit within each person.
Welcoming the stranger – Exercising inclusivity and non-judgement. Networking with service and faith organizations.

.be Ground Rules

.be. present.  (Put Devices Away)

.be. aware that you are part of a group  (allow all voices to be heard)

.be. respectful of others stories (all lived experience is valuable)

.be.empathetic and compassionate (put yourself in another’s shoes)

.be. curious (respond with questions when appropriate)

.be. nonjudgmental (put aside judging and labeling)