Bridging the Great Divide

As a nation, we’ve become more “tribal” and divided over a host of issues—from immigration and race, to national security and environmental protections.

Maybe it’s even happened in your family or with your friends: the great “un-friending” on social media or volatile Thanksgiving table. As this divide widens, it seems we’ve lost the ability to hear, understand and value differing opinions while still remaining friendly and civil. In other words, to disagree without being disagreeable.

Our church sees a need to address this issue within our local community, and we believe we can lead the way to bridging this divide.

As a means of starting to build this bridge, ?San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo (902 Danville Boulevard), is hosting a national facilitator and conversation workshop from the Living Room Conversations organization on March 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The conversation topic is The America We Want to Be.

The purpose of Living Room Conversations is to cultivate warm and respectful engagement among people who may hold different points of view, build relationships that generate understanding, rediscover how to listen and enable collaborative problem solving.

Living Room Conversations provides a structured framework for meaningful conversations that:

  • Bolsters Empathy
  • Deepens Community Connections
  • Encourages Civil Discourse

Rev. Linda Taylor will give a short presentation about the program, and you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a group conversation.

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