I was privileged to speak at Ossington Avenue Baptist Church recently. I was asked to address homelessness. I had some facts and figures. I also had some theories about the causes of homelessness and some possible solutions. The audience was politely attentive. But then I started telling some real-life stories about our community members. “In our experience” we helped a young woman fleeing an abusive family situation from a small town when she was precariously coach surfing. “In our experience” we connected to a shelter one of our regular community members who was unexpectedly turned out onto the street. “In our experience” we observed community members problem solving together when one needed to find a new place and move his stuff, urgently. It was when I shared “in our experience” that the congregation really began to take an interest in what I had to. Our broader community values wisdom from experience over knowledge from information.