How to Talk Across the Political Divide- Better Angels Workshop

February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Burnhaven Library
1101 County Rd 42 W
Burnsville, MN 55306

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.

Who can come? Anyone interested in having better conversations with people on the other side of the political aisle.

Burnhaven Library has ample parking. We will meet in the large conference room inside the front entry. Water and light snacks will be available. The library opens at 10am, and check-in will promptly begin. Hand-outs will be provided. Dress comfortably.

After a presentation, you will have an opportunity to practice conversation skills. You will practice in a pair with someone of your same political persuasion—red or blue. Reds lean conservative and tend to vote Republican. Blues lean liberal and tend to vote Democratic. If you fall somewhere in the middle, you can choose a side for purposes of practicing the skills.  RSVP here

About Better Angels:

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.

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

In Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the “better angels of our nature.” Today, in a nation screaming with headlines about our divisions, we have an opportunity to call forth something “better” within us and within the country we share.

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