BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Living Room Conversations - ECPv4.6.25//NONSGML v1.0//EN CALSCALE:GREGORIAN METHOD:PUBLISH X-WR-CALNAME:Living Room Conversations X-ORIGINAL-URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org X-WR-CALDESC:Events for Living Room Conversations BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190219T160000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190219T173000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190115T033313Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055733Z UID:6568-1550592000-1550597400@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: Social Equity DESCRIPTION:\nFebruary 19\, 2019 @ 7:00pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Status & Privilege. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\n\n\nWhat does the concept of “social equity” mean to you?\nAre there “social equity” concerns in your community? If so\, what are they? If not\, should there be?\nIs the idea of social equity on your top 10 list of concerns? Why or why not?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket.A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. Lewis will be hosting.\n\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-social-equity/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/488924b7cf9f96d638fdb89322e2fd43.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190221T133000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190221T150000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190115T033315Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055733Z UID:6570-1550755800-1550761200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: The Search For Purpose DESCRIPTION:\nFebruary 21\, 2019 @ 4:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Status & Privilege. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\n\n\nWhere did you learn about your personal values and develop self esteem?\nHow has money or “keeping up with the Jones’s” played a role in defining you?\nWhere did you learn about the relationship between individuals and community?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket.A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. Kathy will be hosting.\n\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-the-search-for-purpose/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/4a2e5f18316f711dbef5571e58baec2f.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190224T133000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190224T150000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190115T033317Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055733Z UID:6572-1551015000-1551020400@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: Social Identity DESCRIPTION:\nFebruary 24\, 2019 @ 4:00pm Eastern/1:30pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Status & Privilege. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\n\n\nWhich groups have you joined by choice and to what groups you are ascribed by other people orsociety at large?\nWhich groups are most important to you and how do you feel about belonging to these groups?\nWhat do you gain from your groups? How does your group influence your identity or sense ofbelonging?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket.A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. Briscoe will be hosting.\n\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-social-identity/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2355052ec5060ced0842aa58e9cc1d7b.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190228T120000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190228T133000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190115T033319Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6574-1551355200-1551360600@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: Power in Relationships DESCRIPTION:\n\nFebruary 28\, 2019 @ 3:00pm Eastern/12:00pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Power in Relationships. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHow do you know you are respected?\nHow do we treat boys and men differently from girls and women?\nHow do power and status impact seduction and dating?\nWhat should the signals be from women? From men?\nHow are power dynamics expressed in relationships? at home? at work?\nWhat makes for a healthy exchange of power between any two people?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. The conversation host is Harold R.\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-power-in-relationships/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/4019182fdff04d3fd619243435f4f5a7.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190301T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190301T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190213T054221Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6888-1551448800-1551454200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: The Search for Purpose DESCRIPTION:\nMarch 1\, 2019 @ 5:00pm Eastern/2:00pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of The Search for Purpose. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\n\n\nWhere did you learn about your personal values and develop self esteem?\nHow has money or “keeping up with the Jones’s” played a role in defining you?\nWhere did you learn about the relationship between individuals and community?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket. A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. Shay will be hosting.\n\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-the-search-for-purpose-2/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/854c22b569d0aade6cdc75f08c582340.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190304T133000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190304T150000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190212T174206Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T192821Z UID:6884-1551706200-1551711600@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:Online Living Room Conversation: Women and Political Leadership DESCRIPTION:\nMarch 4\, 2019 @ 4:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Pacific (adjust for your time zone)\n\n\n\nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Women and Political Leadership. Please see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\n\n\nDo you believe that having women in political leadership provides a different kind of voice? Why or why not?\nDescribe a powerful woman politician’s leadership moment you’ve experienced.\nAre there issues around women’s political leadership that concern you?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).Please only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join – and thank you – we have many folks waiting to have Living Room Conversations and hope to have 100% attendance. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket.A link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. \n\n\n\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/online-living-room-conversation-men-victims-perpetrators-and-allies/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/d2c8a173541e3f526f3abd4acfe2eb46.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T100000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T113000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190205T182712Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6783-1554458400-1554463800@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Forgiveness DESCRIPTION:\nApril 5\, 2019 at 1:00-2:30pm Eastern/10:00-11:30am Pacific (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Forgiveness.\nThe first of The Four Sacred Gifts is – Forgive the Unforgivable. Why? How? Must we? Forgiving wrongs\, intentional\, unintentional\, historic\, big and small is not a simple thing. For many of us\, this can be very challenging. There are so many ways that we are hurt by others and that we hurt others in our lives. How we manage those hurts is a key part of shaping our lives internally and externally. How can forgiveness help us to become the person we want to be?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat is your experience of forgiveness? What have you forgiven and why?\nAre there people you have yet to forgive or you will never forgive? Why is that?\nWhat does forgiveness mean? What does it not include?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-forgiveness/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/352db00f628d09984d55d2e200c89ad6.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T100000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T113000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031334Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6825-1554458400-1554463800@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: History & Society DESCRIPTION:\nApril 5\, 2019 at 1:00-2:30pm Eastern/10:00-11:30am Pacific (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Forgiveness.\nThe first of The Four Sacred Gifts is – Forgive the Unforgivable. Why? How? Must we? Forgiving wrongs\, intentional\, unintentional\, historic\, big and small is not a simple thing. For many of us\, this can be very challenging. There are so many ways that we are hurt by others and that we hurt others in our lives. How we manage those hurts is a key part of shaping our lives internally and externally. How can forgiveness help us to become the person we want to be?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat is your experience of forgiveness? What have you forgiven and why?\nAre there people you have yet to forgive or you will never forgive? Why is that?\nWhat does forgiveness mean? What does it not include?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-history-society-2/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/d522a50ff6931d51dc53643e8aa9a32f.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190405T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031333Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6823-1554467400-1554472800@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Relationships over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family DESCRIPTION:\nApril 5\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT(adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Relationships over Politics.\nIs it possible to use Living Room Conversations with our families and close friends? It is ultimately challenging\, because family are more likely to break ‘host and guest’ social norms. The emotional stakes are higher\, conversations are colored by long\, deeply personal histories and it can feel easier to ‘take the gloves off’ and fight dirty\, unconstrained by the politeness usually offered acquaintances. How might we hold the tension of our differences while working to repair connection and not further deepen division within our circle of family and friends?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat are your early memories of talking politics with family or friends? What things went well?\nWas there anything difficult?\nWhat assumptions do you think those close to you may be making about your political identity?\nWhat assumptions do you make about friends’/family political identities?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-relationships-over-politics-connecting-with-friends-and-family/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/e0ac2e250513a6740e84b1df4aadcd2b.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190406T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190406T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031332Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6821-1554553800-1554559200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Status & Privilege DESCRIPTION:\nApril 6\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Status & Privilege.\nWe joke about “keeping up with the Joneses” — but there’s real competition in our society for status and the accompanying privilege. How do we decide what we most value that bestows this status? While our country seems to favor wealth\, there are other forms of status and privilege. What privilege do each of us enjoy? And how does that correspond with our status? This conversation examines our own status and how we use our status in everyday life. From education to wealth to gender to race\, let’s talk about what we have…and what we desire.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat status do you enjoy? Education\, wealth\, gender\, race\, etc?\nWhat are the privileges of your status?\nWhat do you value and how is that connected to your status or privilege?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-status-privilege/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/99a8c6d811a8f8787975e000dfe649f0.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190406T163000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190406T180000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031331Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6819-1554568200-1554573600@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Free Speech\, Fighting Words and Violence DESCRIPTION:\nApril 6\, 2019 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm ET/ 4:30 – 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Free Speech\, Fighting Words and Violence.\nSome Americans feel violated by flag burning; some by racist rallies. As extremist groups use violence to gain media attention\, most Americans oppose the use of violence. “Fighting words” against individuals in public are not protected free speech (see 1942 SCOTUS decision)\, but the definition of “fighting words” is unclear and has led to inconsistent court decisions (Wikipedia). Should the government restrict the freedoms of speech and assembly of any groups or individuals\, and if so\, under what circumstances? Is too much tolerance dangerous\, or is giving an authority the power to restrict freedom of speech and assembly even more dangerous?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHow do we protect free speech and ensure public safety despite ongoing threats of violence?\nHave you had a personal experience where free speech was inhibited? Or have you ever felt harmed by the speech of others?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-free-speech-fighting-words-and-violence/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/d9f42b631f99e1eb2d3e9d056cb042ef.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190407T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190407T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031331Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6817-1554640200-1554645600@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Entertainment and Media: Created Culture or Following it? DESCRIPTION:\nApril 7\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Entertainment and Media: Created Culture or Following it?.\nThe role and impact of our larger entertainment and media system has long been a source of lively discussion in America. Since the advent of the radio\, then television\, then cable\, now internet — there have always been groups of people asking questions about what these advances in technology will mean for US life and what\, if any\, cautions or guidelines should be embraced to ensure their productive use. How do we consume entertainment? And what is the impact that we experience personally or in the community? What are your perspectives on entertainment and media issues?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat is your favorite type of entertainment? What have you learned about other people from your entertainment?\nHow close is your experience in real life compared to life presented in your entertainment?\nWere you ever surprised when what you learned in entertainment is different from real life? What happened?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-entertainment-and-media-created-culture-or-following-it/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/0c7f2132b5d3935211304ff685345985.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190407T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190407T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031330Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6815-1554645600-1554651000@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Crony Capitalism DESCRIPTION:\nApril 7\, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT Pacific (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Crony Capitalism.\nCronyism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials. It may be exhibited by favoritism in the distribution of legal permits\, government grants\, special tax breaks\, etc. Cronyism is believed to arise when political cronyism spills over into the business world; self-serving friendships and family ties between businessmen and the government influence the economy and society to the extent that it corrupts public-serving economic and political ideals. Crony capitalism is a term describing an economy in which success in business depends on close relationships between business people and government officials.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhen it comes to the relationships between business and government\, what are you most concerned about right now?\nWhere is it on your top-10 list? Why?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-crony-capitalism/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/35206a15de841b9c4493d18b01d42bdb.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190408T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190408T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031329Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6813-1554732000-1554737400@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: History & Society DESCRIPTION:\nApril 8\, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of History & Society.\nWhile historical narratives are often embraced as representing the “true history\,” there is growing awareness of the degree to which they are\, in fact\, composed of specific interpretations of certain events (and not of others). As Winston Churchill stated\, “History is written by the victors.” More than representing a specific version of the past\, historical narratives are also oriented to the future. They create deep beliefs about who we are\, where we come from\, and what are the right prospects. They also construct images of the others and meanings of intergroup relations\, describing others as enemies or allies\, superiors or inferiors. Thus\, historical narratives prescribe a specific course of actions and justify our attitudes and behaviors toward others. So let’s talk about it!\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHave you seen any examples of history that conveys a certain overarching “story” in a way that felt\neither positive or negative to you? If so\, please share.\nWhen you were taught history of your country or the larger world\, were you presented with\nmultiple views of historical events? (Ex: winning and losing stories of a conflict)\nWhat role do historical monuments play in sharing our history?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-history-society/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/83eeee9fdc49e9d53a102ea771df1e63.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190408T163000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190408T180000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031328Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6811-1554741000-1554746400@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Faith Community: The Way Forward DESCRIPTION:\nApril 8\, 2019 at 7:30 – 9:00 pm ET/ 4:30 – 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Faith Community: The Way Forward.\nTransitional times in faith communities may be accompanied by divisiveness about which changes are most urgent\, how to achieve them\, and the roles and limitations of realizing them. Change offers concerns as well as new opportunity. This Living Room Conversation is created with the intention of gathering individuals from a variety of viewpoints to discuss their hopes and dreams\, and to discuss what a common agenda for the future would look like.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat is the promise of our faith community to its members? To the surrounding community?\nHow are we living up to our promise to each other and to our faith promises?\nIf you could change one thing about our faith community\, what would it be? Why would you want this?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-faith-community-the-way-forward/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/8b6ed41bf39ebcfcab4833f712fcd6cc.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190409T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190409T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190208T031227Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6807-1554813000-1554818400@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Guns and Responsibility DESCRIPTION:\nApril 9\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Guns and Responsibility.\nGuns\, the second amendment\, and gun control are topics that often bring forth strong passions and opinions. They are repeatedly used to put people into two neat categories: those for stronger gun rights and those for stronger gun control\, Republicans and Democrats\, liberals and conservatives. However things are not always that simple. This conversation focuses on our own personal experience with guns and how these experiences have shaped our opinions. This conversation seeks to help us develop a deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges surrounding gun ownership.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat role have guns played in your life?\nWhere did you learn about guns? And what did you learn?\nAre gun/second amendment issues very important to you?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-guns-and-responsibility/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/669b787b1a59e0849f3c23f012653402.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190409T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190409T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054254Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6863-1554818400-1554823800@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Righteousness and Relationships DESCRIPTION:\nApril 9\, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Righteousness and Relationships.\nRacist\, 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?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nDo you want to have friends that hold viewpoints that are different from your own? Why is this kind of friendship valuable or not?\nHow might we step out of the exclusively right/wrong paradigm to explore what’s really important to – and enlivens – us all?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-righteousness-and-relationships/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/e127cfce91413e88e2b26e7ca64e7bd4.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190410T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190410T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054253Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6861-1554899400-1554904800@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: The Politics of Immigration: Laws and Human Dignity DESCRIPTION:\nApril 10\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of The Politics of Immigration: Laws and Human Dignity.\nWhat are the “deal-breakers” that keep Congress from fixing our immigration system? And who decides how to enforce laws while still treating people humanely? Migration of large groups of people has become common throughout the world. Most people migrating are looking for a better life — a place to live peacefully\, raise children and find work. And when the legal process for immigration and asylum moves too slowly\, people looking to escape violence turn to human smugglers\, entering our country illegally. This sets up a cycle of increasing criminality as people seek to escape violence. Is it possible to uphold laws while still honoring human dignity? And when does upholding the law become immoral?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHave you or your family (in recent history) ever moved to a different country? How did it go?\nWhen you hear about mass migration — what do you think or feel about it?\nHave you ever advocated for or against immigration? Why? What did you do?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-the-politics-of-immigration-laws-and-human-dignity/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/d1efd6196229641954573d039532bbe1.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190410T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190410T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054253Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6859-1554904800-1554910200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Mental Health\, Addiction\, and Incarceration DESCRIPTION:\nApril 10\, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Mental Health\, Addiction\, and Incarceration.\nThe is growing awareness and concern at the high rates (50 to 60 percent) of mentally ill people inside our jails and prisons. What is the appropriate response to an individual with mental health challenges who commits a crime? Does it depend on the crime? What is the role of addiction and mental illness? To what degree are mental health problems emerging because of the atmosphere in our criminal justice system?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHow should we balance the needs of community safety with the needs of the mentally ill and/or indigent who are arrested\, their family and others?\nWhat is an appropriate level of community-provided support for mentally ill\, addicted and indigent individuals?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-mental-health-addiction-and-incarceration/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/92bacf9cd69229f666ef8eaa8ab4f057.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190411T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190411T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054252Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6857-1554985800-1554991200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Freedom DESCRIPTION:\nApril 11\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Freedom.\nFreedom is a key concept in America’s founding documents.We are proud to be a free people. This said\, there are legitimate differing interpretations of what freedom means.”Live and let live” is great until the freedom to use my property as I see fit interferes with your property. Or when someone’s speech harms another person’s freedoms. Is it ever good for the government to limit an assembly of citizens? How do we celebrate our freedom and care for it so that it reflects our highest values? This conversation asks key questions and invites you to explore the many facets of freedom.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat does freedom mean to you?\nHow do you define being free? Are you free?\nIs freedom at risk? If so\, what are you concerned about?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-freedom/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/4fcc5466d6b37d42eac0929367817d3b.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190411T150000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190411T163000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054251Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6855-1554994800-1555000200@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Media and Polarization DESCRIPTION:\nApril 11\, 2019 at 6:00 -7:30 pm ET/3:00 -4:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Media and Polarization.\nOver the last 50 years\, our media has shifted from major networks and newspapers to specialized sources with specific audiences. In other words\, we can ‘shop’ for the news that suits us and limit our exposure to news that we don’t like. We often hear that this results in a culture of polarization. But is that actually so? In this conversation we explore how politics has become “not to be discussed”. What happens in our relationships as a result of having specialized media sources and a lack of common understanding? In this conversation we also explore what type of political climate we aspire to… so we can begin to envision it together.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nHow does the media impact you\, your friends\, and your family?\nHow often do you talk politics with your friends and family?\nHas polarization impacted your relationships? What happened?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-media-and-polarization/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/bad06eb92b8cf3215bdba5ebb7549aa7.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190412T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190412T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054251Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6853-1555072200-1555077600@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Police-community Relations DESCRIPTION:\nApril 12\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Police-community Relations.\nWe all love our children and want our community to be safe. We have seen tragedy in our communities and want that to end. We all want law enforcement to be fair. And we want police to be able to do their job in a manner that is safe for them and the community. Let’s start with this as a given. Policing has become a point of discussion as violence crossing racial lines has provoked racial tensions and the mentally ill have in particular have a disproportionate loss of life in police interactions. Too often\, the conversation remains paralyzed in fear or anger — with people unable to share deeply considered feelings and perspectives. We’re hoping these materials may contribute to a thoughtful exploration on this question.\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat has been your personal response to instances of police-citizen shootings\, if any?\nWhat do you think is contributing to the police-citizen shootings right now?\nWhat role\, if any\, do you see racism playing in our current attention to law enforcement?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-police-community-relations/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/4400ba6227493ef516e8859429a71fea.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190412T140000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190412T153000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054250Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055732Z UID:6851-1555077600-1555083000@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Politics in Faith Communities DESCRIPTION:\nApril 12\, 2019 at 5:00 – 6:30 pm ET/ 2:00 – 3:30 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Politics in Faith Communities.\nThe First Amendment of our Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion\, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Under the Internal Revenue Code\, 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in\, or intervening in\, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. In light of this amendment and regulation\, and in the context of the political division in our country\, how do we conduct ourselves as people of faith who are also responsible citizens?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nWhat does separation of religion and state mean to you when you gather for worship?\nHow and where do you want to talk about the pressing issues of our communities and country?\nWhat does “political” mean to you?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-politics-in-faith-communities/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/7277a6f58b06c5f605038a35c3295625.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190413T123000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190413T140000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054249Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055731Z UID:6849-1555158600-1555164000@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Tribalism 101: Next Door Strangers DESCRIPTION:\nApril 13\, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET/ 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Tribalism 101: Next Door Strangers.\nInspired by the podcast Next Door Strangers\, this Living Room Conversation begins with a  15-minute podcast: http://www.kuer.org/post/1-tribalism-101-pick-side. We invite you to listen and then begin your Living Room Conversation.\nTribalism: the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group. People on the left and right may disagree on many things\, but they generally agree that “tribalism” is bad for our politics and our country. Although most people want communities where all people have dignity and respect\, respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics. How do we build strong and unified communities in a divisive time?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. \nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-tribalism-101-next-door-strangers/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/e22c2e5bae4ee4d5299a210b27507d96.jpg END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART;TZID=UTC-8:20190413T150000 DTEND;TZID=UTC-8:20190413T163000 DTSTAMP:20190216T074155 CREATED:20190210T054248Z LAST-MODIFIED:20190215T055731Z UID:6847-1555167600-1555173000@www.livingroomconversations.org SUMMARY:National Week of Conversation: Race and Incarceration DESCRIPTION:\nApril 13\, 2019 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm ET/ 3:00 – 4:30 pm (adjust for your time zone) \n\n\n\nRegister at the bottom of this page or click here to go directly to the EventBrite page to register.\nLiving Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation. These conversations are open to anyone and everyone –  no prior training or experience is needed to participate. You may find that you have similar views to those in your conversation or you may find that you are as different as can be. It can be a valuable experience to let go of your expectations of what the conversation should be and focus on what it is in the moment. The National Week of Conversation topics have been chosen to encourage participation and allow for everyone to be able to share their own life experiences and viewpoints as well as actively listening to those of others. \nJoin us for a free online (using Zoom) Living Room Conversation on the topic of Race and Incarceration.\nIncreasing attention has been given to the disproportionate numbers of minorities in American prisons\, especially African American detainees. A growing number of Americans see this as a reflection of racial bias in the criminal justice system\, both in arrest policies and prosecution/conviction practices. Everyone wants a criminal justice system that is fair and makes our communities safer. Is it possible to have a discussion that explores opportunities to have our criminal justice system improve its outcomes and that acknowledges a broader complexity around this question\, rather than only trying to pin in on one thing or another?\nPlease see the conversation guide for this topic. Some of the questions explored include:\n\nAre there community and cultural differences that contribute to a higher incarceration rate among non-white people?\nIs the current system fair? What is the basis for your belief in the fairness or unfairness?\nHow often are you in neighborhoods with a diverse population?\n\nYou will need a device with a webcam to participate (preferably a computer or tablet rather than a cell phone).\nPlease only sign up for a place in this conversation if you are 100% certain that you can join. If you need to cancel please return to Eventbrite to cancel your ticket at least 24-hours ahead of time so someone on the waitlist may attend.\nA link to join the conversation and additional details will be sent to you by no later than the day before the conversation. You will need to be able to receive the information sent via email through EventBrite. If you unsubscribe from EventBrite emails you will be unable to receive the essential information for this conversation.\n\n \n URL:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/event/national-week-of-conversation-race-and-incarceration/ ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg:https://www.livingroomconversations.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/983044035a5b0cef4444673b59617f28.jpg END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR