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)

A House Divided: What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want? (National Issues Forums)

Bridging Divides Conversations

Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:00 AM PDT · 1 rsvp

Empathy Cafe: Bridging Pro Choice and Pro Life Divides

Everyone on the political spectrum is invited to this free online Empathy Circle hosted by the Empathy Tent. 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. 

LOCATION: Online Zoom Video Conferencing
Meeting Room URLhttps://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.

More
1. What is an Empathy Circle? 
2. Why Participate?
3. How to Empathy Circle?
4. Full Schedule 
5. Join our Facebook Group 

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Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM MDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM EDT
Whitneyville Public Library in Whitneyville, ME

Sharing Stories to Bridge the Political Divide: A Make Shift Coffee House Conversation

How did you come to have the political views that you have? What experiences have influenced your views the most?

As with all Make Shift Coffee Houses, this is not a debate. It’s simply about understanding each other’s political views. Independents, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Greens, we want to hear from all of you.

Come join your neighbors, listen to live music, share food, your political views, and the stories behind them.

Free coffee and snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Whitneyville Public Library.

Saturday, April 27, 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.

Learn more and register here!

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.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM MDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM PDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

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.

Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Thursday, May 09, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

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.

Saturday, May 11, 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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, May 18, 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.

Learn more and register here!

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.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 09:00 AM MDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, June 01, 2019 at 12:00 PM PDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!

Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM EDT

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.

Learn more and register here!