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August 2019

Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

August 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Mental Health: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

August 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

August 8, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) Most people agree that we want to reduce the stigma around mental health issues so that individuals and families are more inclined to seek help. Many people look to traditional western medicine for the primary answers to mental health problems. There is growing interest in exploring a wider variety of ways to support people facing mental health challenges. The value of…

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(NC residents Only) Reconnecting Across Differences in North Carolina

August 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Reconnecting Across Differences in North Carolina A Video Call-Based Living Room Conversation for North Carolina Residents on ReCONNECT NC Day! August 14, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9pm ET   North Carolinians feel that disconnection from each other is the biggest issue facing our state, and they want to do something about it. This trend was discovered by NC State’s Institute for Emerging Issues, and ReCONNECT NC Civic Conversations is their initiative to address it through a series of conversations across…

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Righteousness and Relationships: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

August 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

August 15, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) 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…

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Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Homelessness: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

August 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Homelessness August 22, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) 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…

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Communicating with Care: 90-Minute Conversation w/Optional 30-Minute Q&A w/Hosts!

August 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

August 26, 2019 @ 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT/ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET (adjust for your time zone) We may want to communicate with others in such a way that we gain knowledge and bridge divides, but those conversations don’t always come naturally. Most of us struggle to self-evaluate our communication skills and we might be unaware of words and actions that shut down healthy dialogue when discussing divisive issues. In this conversation, we will actively share and explore what…

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Peace Building: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

August 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Peace Building in the U.S. August 29, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) The US has in many ways always been a divided society, but what is causing fierce political, social and ethnic divides in the United States today? Hate crimes and hate groups are increasingly visible, and political leaders are using ethnic identity, socio-economic identity — and an “us v. them” mentality — to create fear and increase…

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September 2019

Social Equity: 90-Minute Online Conversation

September 5 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am PDT

SOCIAL EQUITY LIVING ROOM CONVERSATION SEPT. 5, 2019 @ 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT (adjust for your time zone) Social equity can be defined as a commitment to promote fair, just, and equitable recognition of basic needs of all residents and the total community, and a commitment to diligently advocate for the provision of those needs to all residents and the total community. This conversation focuses on our own personal and community experiences with the idea of social equity…

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Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

September 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Abortion: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts

September 5 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Abortion: For, Against, or Somewhere In Between September 5, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) Abortion is seldom a topic that we speak about in casual conversation. More often we hear abortion talked about by news media, politicians or, more rarely, depicted in books, television shows or movies. In pretty much any situation, abortion elicits an intense emotional response. In the U.S. the conversation on abortion generally centers on…

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Guns and Responsibility Living Room Conversation 9/10/19

September 10 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am PDT

GUNS AND RESPONSIBILITY SEPT. 10, 2019 @ 11:30 AM ET / 8:30 AM PT (adjust for your time zone) Guns, 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…

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Guns and Responsibility Living Room Conversation 9/11/19

September 11 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

GUNS AND RESPONSIBILITY SEPT. 11, 2019 @ 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT (adjust for your time zone) Guns, 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…

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Gender: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts

September 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Gender September 12, 2019 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET / 4:00 - 6:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) What’s the big deal about gender? In this conversation, we will explore biological sex, gender identity, and gender expression to better understand how these concepts impact your life and the lives of others. We will use the following definitions: Biological Sex- refers to the biological anatomy of an individual’s reproductive system, and secondary sexcharacteristics (male, female, intersex, etc.)Gender Identity- an…

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Guns and Responsibility Living Room Conversation 9/12/19

September 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

GUNS AND RESPONSIBILITY SEPT. 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT (adjust for your time zone) Guns, 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…

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Guns and Responsibility LRC 9/18/19 w/optional 30-min Q&A

September 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

GUNS AND RESPONSIBILITY SEPT. 18, 2019 @ 3:00 PM ET / Noon PT (adjust for your time zone) Guns, 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…

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Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

September 19 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Listening Courageously: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

LISTENING COURAGEOUSLY SEP. 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT (adjust for your time zone) “Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently,” Dr. Maya Angelou said. When you think of being courageous, you might think of facing a common fear like the fear of heights or public speaking. Facing fears like these involves discomfort and uncertainty. We might wonder if the potential benefits will outweigh…

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Weave The Social Fabric Living Room Conversation

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

Weave the Social Fabric: Conversation 1 SEPT. 20, 2019 @ NOON ET / 9:00 AM PT (adjust for your time zone) Many people sense that something is broken in society. Surveys show about half of young adult Americans are lonely. Opioid addiction, suicide, gun violence, ethnic tension and depression have been rising. We face rapid change from a globalized economy, cell phones and social media, job-hopping, online dating, immigration, and uncertainty about our future health and wealth. Our social fabric seems…

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October 2019

Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

October 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Relationships Over Politics: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

Relationships Over Politics: Connecting With Friends and Family Oct. 3, 2019 @ 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT (adjust for your time zone) Is 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…

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LRC Staff Conversation

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CDT

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Race and Ethnicity: A Special Three-Part Series

October 8 @ 9:00 am - October 22 @ 10:30 am PDT

Please join us for a 3-part conversation series on Race & Ethnicity on Tuesdays Oct. 8, Oct. 15, and Oct. 22 from Noon - 1:30 pm ET / 9:00 am - 10:30 am PT!  (Adjust for your time zone.) Check out this four-minute video from our first Race & Ethnicity Conversation Series to get a taste of this conversation! In this series of three conversations, participants explore the complexities of the concepts of Race, Ethnicity, and their impacts on people from all…

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Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

October 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 90 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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Guns & Responsibility: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

October 29 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

Guns and Responsibility OCTOBER 29, 2019 @ 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Guns, 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…

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Training (free): The Nuts & Bolts of Living Room Conversations

October 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

This event begins at 2pm (PT);   3pm (MT);   4pm (CT);   5pm (ET) Join us for 60 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, and everything you need to know to get started hosting and/or participating in Living Room Conversations. This training is not required for participating in our conversations – we simply offer it for people who want to learn more about the Living Room Conversations practice.…

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More Curious, Less Furious: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

October 31 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

More Curious, Less Furious October 31, 2019 @ 7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Much of current media and culture tout the idea that we should view those who disagree with us as enemies. How can we solve the major problems of our day by only engaging with those who think like us? Research is showing that CURIOSITY which seeks diverse perspectives can open the mind, develop empathy, allay fears and encourage self-awareness and humility.…

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November 2019

The Golden Rule in Politics: 90 Min. Conversation w/ Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

November 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PST

The Golden Rule in Politics November 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm EASTERN / 12:00 pm PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) People with different theological and political views are coming together to express concern about the polarization and hostility that is tearing our country apart. We are deeply troubled by the prospect of an angry and hateful political campaign season in 2020 that would further divide us as a nation. There is a belief that our country can find guidance through…

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2020 Election – Concerns and Aspirations: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

November 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

2020 Election - Concerns and Aspirations November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) As the midterm elections approach, our national anxiety is ramping up. Countless voices clamor for our attention—our donations—our time—our votes. Headlines and news broadcasts present conflicting reports on issues, using their own facts to bolster specific views. Shrill ads play to our fears and overwhelm our senses. As we prepare to cast our ballots amidst all this noise, it…

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Status and Privilege: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

November 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Status and Privilege Nov. 14, 2019 @ 7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) We 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…

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Training: A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family (w/ Optional 30-Min. Q&A with Hosts)

November 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST

A Holiday Recipe for Talking Politics with Family: Hour-Long Trainingwith Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts November 18, 2019 @ 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT (adjust for your time zone) Join us for an hour-long training with tips from the staff at Living Room Conversations about how (and when) to talk politics with family over the holidays while preserving your relationships. Many have asked us for this before, so based on our Friends and Family Tip Sheet we published last year, we’re making this…

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Relationships Over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family: 90-Minute Conversation w/ Optional 30-Minute Q & A with Hosts!

November 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

Relationships over Politics: Connecting with Friends and Family Nov 21, 2019 @ 7 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Is 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…

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December 2019

Communicating with Care: w/ Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am PST

Communicating with CareDecember 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm EASTERN / 9:00 am PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)We may want to communicate with others in such a way that we gain knowledge and bridge divides, but those conversations don’t always come naturally. Most of us struggle to self-evaluate our communication skills and we might be unaware of words and actions that shut down healthy dialogue when discussing divisive issues. In this conversation we will actively share and explore what works and…

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The Power of Empathy, With Optional 30 Min. Host Q&A

December 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PST

The Power of EmpathyDecember 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm EASTERN / 4:00 pm PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Empathy goes beyond concern or sympathy. Empathy is stepping into the shoes of another with the intention to better understand and feel what they are experiencing.  It is expressed in our choice to be fully present with someone and listen beyond their words for their feelings and unmet needs. Knowing that at least one other person “gets what I’m going through” is the…

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Introduction to Living Room Conversations

December 6 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am PST

December 6, 2019 @ 12:30 PM Eastern Time/ 9:30 PM Pacific Time (adjust for your time zone)Join us for 60 minutes online to learn about Living Room Conversations. We’ll cover what a Living Room Conversation is, why we have them, the origins, how they're structured, and how to participate.Registration will close 4 hours before the training begins. Please sign up only if you know you can attend.  A Zoom link to join the training and additional details will be sent to you the…

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