Please join us for an intensive workshop that will bring together Republican-leaning and Democratic-leaning citizens for an afternoon of structured conversations, with a focus on listening and reflecting rather than debating and persuading.
The goals of this workshop are to better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide, to seek out areas of common ground in addition to acknowledging and respecting differences, and to gain insights that might help to heal the increasing polarization in our community and the nation.
Who can come? Anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of, and connection with people whose political beliefs differ from their own. You should honestly be able to answer "yes" to the following question:
“Are you willing to listen to the other side, and are you willing to speak to the other side with respect?”
There are two ways to join a Red/Blue Workshop: as a Participant or as an Observer/Alternate. Participants will engage in small- and large-group discussions throughout the afternoon with individuals of both the same and different political persuasions. Participants must identify as “red” (Republican or leaning conservative) or “blue” (Democrat or leaning liberal). We will strive for an equal balance of red and blue participants with 5 to 8 people on each side.
Observers/Alternates can identify as red, blue or independent (not leaning either way). They will not participate in the discussions directly but will have the opportunity to watch and listen throughout the afternoon, as well as to join the participants for conversations during break times. Observers/Alternates should be ready to step in and participate as their "color" in the event of participant cancellations. In areas that have a geographic "color" imbalance, allowing for up to 20 Observers/Alternates provides an opportunity for more people to experience a Red/Blue workshop. Observer/Alternates have found observing a workshop to be amazingly valuable.
Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 4:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
This event is FREE. Participants must register in advance through Eventbrite HERE