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This month's HOT topic: Righteousness and relationships

The art of civil discourse means no soapboxes here!

Ever sit on a couch in someone’s living room, trying to make conversation? Or listen to someone get on a soapbox and dominate the conversation by expressing their opinion with such fervor that no one else dares speak, let alone contradict?

When we have authentic, respectful conversations we strengthen our relationships and advance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities and solutions before us.

Living Room Conversations begin with two people of differing perspectives. Each person invites two more friends for a total of six participants. The idea is to assemble a group of people with diverse outlooks to have a rich, meaningful conversation. The LRC approach lets you have a conversation that actually gets somewhere.

Living Room Conversations has more than 50 ready-to-discuss topics (or your can build your own). Our conversation ground rules and format ensure everyone gets a change to speak.

You need not study up on all of the supporting evidence surrounding your topic because living room conversations are not debates. Rather, they are conversations intended to enhance understanding. You and your friends may change your minds on a topic, or you might not. Either way, these conversations will allow you to better understand the topic you chose.

Living room conversations can transform distrust and discord into understanding — paving the way for collaborative solutions. When we have authentic, respectful conversations we strengthen our relationships and advance our understanding of the challenges, opportunities and solutions before us.

Featured Articles

Jan 16, 2017, by Debilyn Molineaux

Want more effective action? start with dialogue.

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from Huffington Post.

Our society is forever pushing us to “do something” to leave the world a better place for our children.

Action is valued. Conversation and dialogue seem less important.

How do we decide what action to take? And who do we include in the decision making? Let’s look first at the types of conversations* (as distinct from dialogue)...

Jan 09, 2017, by Debilyn Molineaux

Clinton played Pictionary. Trump played Risk.

By Debilyn Molineaux. Reprinted from the Huffington Post.

I like to describe our country as “the big, raucous American family.” And there is hardly a better opportunity to build family connections than with games. Or a more revealing way to understand each other and ourselves, than by the tactics we use within the game.

My dad used to slip Monopoly money to my sister,...

Jan 02, 2017, by Ralph Benko

Harder since the left entered tizzyland

By Ralph Benko. Reprinted from The Huffington Post.

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As the “second most conservative man in the world,” according to a Washington Post Magazine humor columnist, I much prefer reading, and get most of my news from, publications of the left. Like The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, The New...

Dec 29, 2016, by Mary Gaylord

Ebenezer Scrooge — Republican or Democrat — Bah humbug!

By Mary Gaylord. Reprinted from The Huffington Post.

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Bah humbug to candidates, elections and anyone who didn’t vote the way I did!

On the heels of the election season there has been and continues to be a whole lot of bah humbugging going on. Admittedly, I’ve been one of the humbugging voices. 

“A Christmas Carol is more than...

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Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation. Living Room Conversations offers an open-source format to facilitate structured conversations among people of differing views and backgrounds. Through these conversations we hope to increase understanding of various issues, build relationships, and pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving.