What does TGBSM
The official answer
is "There's Gotta Be Something More," but
there are many other
answers as well and we are always
looking for more.
What is TGBSM?
TGBSM can best be described
as a "spiritual exploration lab". It’s a
discussion forum designed to foster honest,
intelligent conversation about faith, life and
God. And because the best discussions in
life always seem to happen around a table full
of good food, a meal is provided.
Is 'TGBSM' really the
best name you could come up with?
Sadly, yes. However, it’s
been growing on us. First off, we know and share
MIT’s affection for awkward acronyms. Plus, it’s
a good reminder of who TGBSM is for. It really
is for those of us who have that splinter in our
mind that whispers “there’s gotta be something
more”. People who aren’t interested in searching
for that something more probably won’t be a good
fit for TGBSM.
What happens at a
typical TGBSM discussion?
We start of by eating some
good food together (the meal's on us). While
we’re eating the evening's topic is briefly
introduced as a springboard for
discussion. All viewpoints and backgrounds
are welcome and we seek to have an environment
where all can learn from each other. There
maybe times where we break into smaller groups
for more focused conversation. Overall, we try
to keep the dialog practical and connected to
real life (based upon our own experiences)
rather than theoretical.
Isn't talking about
"spiritual" things with a bunch of strangers
kind of weird?
Yes, yes it is! And
we've had several awkward moments. Yet, even
though there can be awkwardness in meeting new
people and having these kinds of discussions,
we've noticed something that keeps us coming
back. Most of
us really enjoy talking about what's actually
meaningful in life and yet there are very few
opportunities to do so on a consistent
basis. So we said screw it, it's worth
the awkwardness. Plus, there's an easy
way to address the problem of not knowing
anyone: bring a friend!
What’s your agenda with
starting this TGBSM thing?
Glad you asked. We’re not
selling anything. We’ve just discovered that
having discussions about the meaning of life
seems to actually be the meaning of life. We
think it’s possible to connect with something
bigger in the universe, something outside
ourselves. Our agenda is to help people connect
with that bigger thing (which we call "God" for
brevity's sake). Truth be told, our motives in
putting this thing together are somewhat
selfish. We've discovered that by making new
friends and having these 'meaning of life'
conversations that it's incredibly helpful for us in
connecting more with God.
Oh, so is this like a
We don't think of it that
way. We like to focus on relationship with
God without religion. For us, this
approach has made all the difference. This idea
is actually inspired by Jesus (yeah, the dude of
Christmas and Easter fame). We think that one of
the most surprising (and little known?) insights
from the life of Jesus is that religiosity is
often our biggest barrier to fulfilling
spirituality and connection with God. Instead,
we've found that he proffers a type of
relationship with God that's very down to earth
(pun unintentional) and surprisingly, well, relational.
And because Jesus was such an incredible
innovator at this kind of stuff, we'll talk
about him a lot in TGBSM. We want you to know
that upfront so there won't be any surprises.
Wait, now I'm
suspicious. You mentioned both God and
Jesus... are you going to try and convert me
It's a fair question, but
the answer is no. We promise. We think people
can connect with God exactly as they are.
Respect for people's backgrounds is a top
priority for us.
Uh.. so, who are you
Well, these questions are
starting to get a little personal. Nobody
special. We’re a small group of people who think
being alive is pretty awesome and talking about
the meaning of life makes it even more awesomer.
We love MIT and want to see more of these kinds
of conversations happening here.
Anything else I should
You've exhausted our store
of knowledge. Um... let's see... Well, we should
mention that TGBSM is designed for people who
want to explore faith and the idea of having a
relationship with God. So it's probably not as
engaging for folks who already feel established
in those areas.
Email us at wtfisTGBSM@TGBSM.com
and we'll be glad to answer them.