Better Angels Skills Workshop: How to Talk Across the Political Divide
There's a lot of stress these days among family members and friends who are divided politically, and the current polarized public conversation doesn't help. Please join us for the Better Angels Skills Workshop to learn skills for having respectful conversations that clarify differences, search for common ground, and affirm the importance of the relationship.
"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory…will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."
– Abraham Lincoln, 1861
After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice conversation skills.
Who can come? Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle.
When: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 / 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Licking County Library, Meeting Room A, 101 W. Main St., Newark, OH 43055
Interested? Register to attend!
Launched in 2016, Better Angels is a bipartisan citizen’s movement to unify our divided nation. By bringing red and blue Americans together into a working alliance, we’re building new ways to talk to one another, participate together in public life, and influence the direction of the nation. To learn more: www.better-angels.org
About the Facilitator: Bill Doherty is a Professor in the Department of Family Social Science and Director of the Citizen Professional Center at the University of Minnesota. He has developed a model of grass roots organizing among parents and other citizens around cultural, community, and health issues. These projects have ranged from the cultural discontents of middle class families (like overscheduled kids) to challenges of urban single fathers, from medical overuse to the effects of war and trauma on African immigrant communities. Bill is also a marriage and family therapist, and among his awards is the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Following the 2016 Presidential election, he co-founded Better Angels, a citizen initiative to counteract political polarization and restore the fraying social fabric in American society. His current work also includes the Police and Black Men Project in Minneapolis, which aims to create a partnership for community safety.
This opportunity to connect with each other has been provided to our community through a partnership between: