Bridging Divides

The United States is facing a cultural crisis. Increasingly in America today, we don’t just disagree; we distrust, dislike, even despise those who see the world differently. Animosity for positions is becoming contempt for the people who hold them. Difference and disagreement are deeply personal as we rage against and recoil from those we see as enemies across widening divides—political, racial, religious, economic and more. Most of us see fewer things that bind Americans together today and have few or no friends from the other side. The rate of loneliness has more than doubled to nearly 50%, creating a public health epidemic. We’re withdrawing from conversations—thereby eroding relationships and understanding—which threatens the foundational fabric of America. 75% of Americans say this problem has reached a crisis level, and 56% believe it will only get worse. Our condition is rapidly deteriorating into what’s now being described as a soft civil war.

There’s nothing wrong with passionate beliefs, disagreement, and protest, but it feels like something more dangerous is taking hold. Do you see it? Personally feel it? What’s changed? What can we do about it together? How we can bridge the divides that threaten our future?

Conversation Guides

Reaching Across the Divide (Essential Partners)

Talking Politics (Living Room Conversations)

United or Divided (Living Room Conversations)

Bridging the Political Divide (National Institute for Civil Discourse)

How Should We Get American Politics Back on Track? (National Issues Forums)

Bridging Divides Conversations

Monday, January 21, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST
*Contact Organizer for Location* in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

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Monday, January 21, 2019 at 01:30 PM PST

Online Living Room Conversation: Forgiveness

Join us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Forgiveness. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:

    • What is your experience of forgiveness? What have you forgiven and why?
    • Are there people you have yet to forgive or you will never forgive? Why is that?
    • What are the benefits or detriments of forgiving? For yourself, for the other, for the community?
    • How does one (or should one ever) forgive the unforgivable? What is it like if you ever imagine doing this?
    • What does forgiveness mean? What does it not include?

You will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/online-living-room-conversation-forgiveness-tickets-53449127780

Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket so someone on the waitlist may attend.

A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. The conversation host is Gordon S.

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Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

*Event Full*

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST
*Contact Organizer for Location* in Inver Grove Heights, MN

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST · 1 rsvp

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

Bridging Political Divides with Empathy Circles

Everyone (left, center, right, etc) is invited to this free online Weekly Saturday Empathy Circle hosted by the Empathy Tent.

Location: Online Zoom Video Conferencing
Meeting Room URL: https://zoom.us/j/9896109339
Click on the link to enter the Zoom video conferencing room. The circle will be recorded and posted to social media for educational purposes.

An Empathy Circle is a structured dialogue process. The process increases mutual understanding and connection by ensuring that each person feels fully heard to their satisfaction. We will use breakout rooms and divide into smaller groups.

More: http://www.empathycircle.com/schedule-2019 
Facebook Group: https://facebook.com/groups/1177637775720101/

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Monday, January 28, 2019 at 06:00 PM EST
Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine

The Presidency of Donald Trump - A Make Shift Coffee House Conversation

The Presidency of Donald Trump. Let's talk about it. With respect for each others' views.

What do you like about him? What do you dislike about him? How is the Trump presidency good or bad for our country and the world? What are your thrills? Your fears? And why do you think the way you do?

All are welcome. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or arguing with each other. It’s not about deciding what’s best or what’s worse, who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. It’s a lot more about listening than telling.

We want to hear your political views AND how your views came to be. Come to this Make Shift Coffee House and tell us how you feel about Trump, and come hear how your neighbors feel.

If you have never been to a Make Shift Coffee House, check out "What It's Like" here: https://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/what-its-like/

For directions to Bowdoin College see: https://www.bowdoin.edu/about/campus-location/index.html and look for the David Saul Smith Union building on the campus map.

Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Saturday, February 02, 2019 at 09:00 AM PST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Sunday, February 03, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Tuesday, February 05, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Thursday, February 07, 2019 at 12:00 PM CST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, February 09, 2019 at 09:00 AM PST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 02:30 PM EST
Ellsworth High School in Ellsworth, Maine

The Constitution - A Make Shift Coffee House Conversation

What does the Constitution mean to you? Let's talk about it. With respect for each others' views.

All are welcome. As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s not about persuading each other or arguing with each other. It’s not about deciding what’s best or what’s worse, who’s right or who’s wrong. It’s simply about UNDERSTANDING each other’s political views. It’s a lot more about listening than telling.

We want to hear your political views AND how your views came to be. Come to this Make Shift Coffee House and tell us what the Constitution means to you, and come hear how your neighbors feel.

If you have never been to a Make Shift Coffee House, check out "What It's Like" here:https://makeshiftcoffeehouse.com/what-its-like/

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 09:00 AM CST
*Contact Organizer for Location* in Nashville/Brentwood, TN

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM EST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, March 02, 2019 at 12:00 PM PST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Sunday, March 03, 2019 at 12:00 PM CST

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Saturday, March 09, 2019 at 12:00 PM CST

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Monday, March 11, 2019 at 12:00 AM PDT

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 09:00 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
*Contact Organizer for Location* in Apple Valley, MN

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM EDT

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
*Contact Organizer for Location* in Apple Valley, MN

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP
Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
*Contact Organizer for Location* in South St. Paul, MN

Better Angels Skills Workshop

Better Angels' Skills Workshop teaches practical skills for having better conversations with friends and family members with whom you have strong political disagreements.

RSVP
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
*Contact Organizer for Location* in South St. Paul, MN

Better Angels Red/Blue Workshop

Better Angels' signature Red/Blue Workshop brings together 7 conservative-leaning participants and 7 progressive-leaning participants for moderated activities and discussions that clarify disagreements, reduce stereotyped thinking, and begin building the relationships needed to find common ground.

RSVP