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righteousness and relationships

Talking about . . . righteousness and relationshipswrongright.jpg

Racist, sexist, homophobe even nazi, these words have lost their power for many conservatives.  They don’t believe that these words describe them. They experience this as name calling - part of an ongoing effort to undermine people on the right who have different values. Latte drinking liberal, femi-nazi, elitist, these are a few of the words that are used to dismiss people on the left.  So now we are caught in a culture war where we are all losing. Losing friends, losing family, losing the ability to solve problems in a way that respects and honors the needs of everyone affected. How do we change this dynamic?  Is there a way for us to tap into the kindness and goodwill that we’ve seen in friends across the political spectrum?

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While you don't need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. Our partner, AllSides, has prepared a variety of articles reflecting multiple sides of this topic. 

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gangs

Talking about . . . gangs and their impact

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In the 1980s, the issue of gangs in America received a great deal of attention, with a focus on the role of gangs in the drug war, dangers to Americans and their impact on youth, in particular. Since that time, there has been less public discussion about gangs, even though they haven’t gone away. It is well established that our criminal justice system is filled with gang members. Have gangs touched your life? Or someone you know? What is it about gangs that they continue to flourish in the most dismal conditions? What we learn about gangs may well assist us in improving our communities.

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increasing harmony and prosperity

Talking about . . . increasing harmony and prosperity

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We are in constant relationship with each other in all aspects of our lives. In this conversation we explore the elements that enrich our lives and look for ways to increase our joy. What are the key characteristics of healthy relationships in your life related to personal, social, workplace and political interactions? Our hunch is that we may find common threads between all these areas – common threads that are healthy as well as unhealthy.

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While you don't need to be an expert on this topic, sometimes people want background information. This topic references What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team (New York Times) and Building Trust (Newfield Network).

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immigration

Talking about . . . immigration

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Our first immigration conversation started in a Living Room Conversation that had been designed to focus on money in politics. Given the interest and passion on the topic, we decided to put the issue aside and convene a second conversation about immigration. In preparation for that conversation, we invited our group to share information online - in particular an item - a newspaper article, a report, a study, a source from a medium each participant trusted to inform his/her opinion(s) on immigration. That allowed us as a group to see a glimpse of the perspective(s) that we as individuals are entering into this conversation with. In that wide ranging conversation, we identified the Dream Act as potential common ground.

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relationships first

Talking about . . . relationships

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How we treat each other is the difference between a great place to live and a bad place to live. We shape our world through relationships. Most people agree we want communities where all people have dignity and respect. Yet respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. And far too many people feel disrespected in their lives. What is our role in these dynamics?

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homelessness

Talking about . . . homelessness

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Homelessness in America is a problem that reminds us daily of our failure to be our best. How do we explain to children the presence of hungry, cold, neglected and often mentally ill men women and children on our streets in the midst of plenty? If we gather neighbors, business owners, health care workers, police, government officials, homeless people and their families in conversation might we build trust and begin to explore opportunities to do better? Conversations are admittedly only a starting point, but isn’t it time to start?

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food

Talking about . . . food

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Food is life itself. Food is sensual. Food can be used to manipulate. Food can be used to shame. Food can be used to show love. Food can be a sign of status. Food can be political. Does this make you hungry for more? In this conversation, we explore our personal relationship with food and the societal implications from individual choices.

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