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race and ethnicity conversation group

In this series of three in-depth conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all walks of life.

The expressed American ideal is the creation of a society that is fair and has opportunity for all, regardless of individual or group identity. Even as we work to build a nation that reflects those ideals, there are challenges to living into its fullest expression. This conversation series is an opportunity to explore our varied experiences of race and ethnicity in the American context. Where are we and what do we aspire to for ourselves and our communities?

The power of empathy can bridge our “us vs. them” perceptions and lead to new solutions, improved relationships, better strategies for social change, reduction in loneliness, and realization of our shared human needs and oneness. This conversation is about sharing experiences giving, receiving, and observing empathy.


A joint nonprofit collaboration between Living Room Conversations and, AllSides for Schools helps educators teach essential skills in critical thinking, collaboration, listening and respectful discourse, media literacy and social-emotional learning.

Our unique focus on building relationships and revealing multiple viewpoints across the political spectrum avoids the potential problems with bias and disrespecting individual beliefs.

Explore the work of Living Room Conversations with communities of faith across the nation.

This Living Room Conversation addresses the uncertainty felt by many Methodist congregations in the wake of the vote on human sexuality taken at the General Conference of The United Methodist Church. 


Celebrating Political Diversity: LRC at Wisdom 2.0

Watch the talk given by Joan Blades and John Gable at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference.

Race & Ethnicity

Watch highlights from our brand new three part Race & Ethnicity conversation series. You can also explore the whole series here.

Free Yourself from your Filter Bubbles: LRC at TED

Watch the talk given by Joan Blades from Living Room Conversations and John Gable of AllSides at the TEDWomen Conference. Image links to TED website.

Money in Politics: Robert Reich and Debbie Dooley

Watch a high-profile Living Room Conversation co-hosted by Tea Party Patriots co-founder Debbie Dooley and fmr. US Secretary of Labor and UC Berkeley professor Robert Reich.

Upcoming Events

Wed 17

Race and Ethnicity: A Special Three-Part Series

July 16 @ 11:00 am - July 30 @ 12:30 pm PDT


What is a Living Room Conversation?

It's a simple concept that's surprisingly powerful.

Two conversation hosts from different viewpoints each invite one or two others to join together for structured conversation on a specific topic. (We have a lot of structured topic guides to choose from, or you can create your own).

The Conversation Agreements and structure help assure a good experience and allow participants to get to know each other.

Living Room Conversations can happen anywhere: our homes, coffee shops, conference spaces, churches, and even online via video chat. 

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