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April 2020

Coronavirus Living Room Conversation 4/02

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Our Newest Conversation Topic! Coronavirus: Information in the Time of Corona 90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) During this pandemic, all of us are searching for accurate, fair and thorough information about the coronavirus. The volume of posts, tweets, emails, broadcasts, rumors and well-meant advice directed at us is formidable. We are doing our best to protect our families and communities from the spread of infection, and identifying…

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How to Organize Your Own Living Room Conversations

April 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected.  We are offering a new, free training focused on how to have your own Living Room Conversation via online/video. In this training, we will: 1) hear from you about your online conversation needs, 2) review how to…

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How to Use Zoom for Living Room Conversations

April 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A Do you facilitate ongoing in-person Living Room Conversations and wish to bring your group online using Zoom? Or, are you considering starting your own online Living Room Conversation? The staff at Living Room Conversations would like to share what they have learned about hosting successful conversations using Zoom. This training will cover the basics of preparing for…

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The Golden Rule in Politics: Living Room Conversation

April 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

The Golden Rule in Politics 90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 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…

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Lunch Hour Conversation: Coronavirus

April 7 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

60-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Host 12:00 PM EASTERN /9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are…

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United or Divided?: Living Room Conversation

April 8 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 7:00 PM EASTERN / 4:00 PM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Political and philosophical differences are normal in a healthy and free society. No citizen should be expected to violate his or her own conscience or compromise sacred principles. But the common values we share, and our shared desire to solve common problems, should also enable us to make reasonable and principled compromises for our mutual well-being. In some instances, the Left…

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How to Organize Your Own Living Room Conversations

April 10 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected.  We are offering a new, free training focused on how to have your own Living Room Conversation via online/video. In this training, we will: 1) hear from you about your online conversation needs, 2) review how to…

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Coronavirus: Alone – Solitude or Isolation? Living Room Conversation

April 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Our social nature is part of our humanity. People tend to like being with other people, and many of us need other people in order to be healthy and happy. The feeling of being alone can weigh heavily on an individual. Yet, for some people, solitude is tranquil, relaxing, and even spiritually rewarding. The current need to physically isolate ourselves from others…

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Coronavirus (Information in the time of Corona)

April 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
online, online United States

During this pandemic, all of us are searching for accurate, fair and thorough information about the coronavirus. The volume of posts, tweets, emails, broadcasts, rumors and well-meant advice directed at us is formidable. We are doing our best to protect our families and communities from the spread of infection, and identifying reliable sources of information isn’t always easy. Sharing about how we’re doing this may help us all stay healthier during this time. HERE is the conversation guide. Please pay particular attention…

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Coronavirus (Life in the Time of Corona)

April 16 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
online, online United States

In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going to mean for my life?” The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are physically distancing ourselves from each other to prevent being infected or spreading the infection. As we move forward in this changing environment, it…

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How to Organize & Host Zoom-Based Living Room Conversations

April 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources tohelp you stay connected. We are offering this free training on how to organize and host your own Living Room Conversation via video call. While everyone is welcome to attend, those who have participated in a Living Room Conversation and have a group…

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Coronavirus: Finding Meaning in the Time of Corona

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) Grief happens when people experience death or other significant losses. Decades ago, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross described five responses to grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Everyone’s experience is individual. We may not experience all of those responses. We may find our thoughts, feelings and moods changing on a daily or hourly basis as our experience and awareness of our loss shifts. The…

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Weave the Social Fabric

April 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm PDT

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 to be shredding. Others observe that the social fabric of our communities and nation was never really woven to include…

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How to Organize & Host Zoom-Based Living Room Conversations

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected. We are offering this free training on how to organize and host your own Living Room Conversation via video call. While everyone is welcome to attend, those who have participated in a Living Room Conversation and have a…

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Coronavirus: Life in the Time of Corona Living Room Conversation

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

90-Minute Conversation with Optional 30-Minute Q&A with Hosts! 3:00 PM EASTERN / NOON PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone) In the past few weeks, our experience of the coronavirus has shifted from “What’s that?” to “What is this going  to  mean for my  life?”  The rapidly-spreading virus is touching all aspects of our personal and community life. Our health, civic, social, work, academic, faith and financial systems are struggling to cope with uncertainty and the need for rapid readjustment. We are…

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May 2020

How to Organize & Host Zoom-Based Living Room Conversations

May 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

NOON EASTERN / 9:00 AM PACIFIC (adjust for your time zone)Hosts will be available for an additional 30 minutes after the training for Q&A As the coronavirus is driving social gatherings online, Living Room Conversations is focusing on resources to help you stay connected. We are offering this free training on how to organize and host your own Living Room Conversation via video call. While everyone is welcome to attend, those who have participated in a Living Room Conversation and have a…

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Technology & Relationships

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

We are in an age of wonder and amazement with technology. It can go anywhere with us and we can be reachable at any time. We use technology to order our groceries, navigate our cities, keep up with breaking news, family members living away and in some cases remain connected to our politicians and faith-based communities. So many of us are reachable and can respond immediately to beeping, buzzing and ringing of texts, emails and phone calls. We like what…

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Unity

May 5 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT

The power to come together within similar and across diverse communities seems more and more elusive. Our alienation from the people around us, manifests in ever-growing depression, addiction, physical and psychological abuse, crime, violence and suicide – indicators of spirits in distress and despair. We are caught in giant social and political arguments about the symptoms of our dis-unity that ignore our heart-felt desire for harmony and peace with one another and the earth. In the face of all this, the gift of…

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Coronavirus: Denial in the Time of Corona

May 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Grief happens when people experience death or other significant losses. Decades ago, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross described five responses to grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Denial is frequently one of our first responses to a threatened or actual loss. Everyone’s experience is individual. We may not experience all of those responses. We may find our thoughts, feelings and moods changing on a daily or hourly basis as our experience and awareness of our loss shifts. What is your experience? HERE is…

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Alcohol

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

Alcohol is an important part of many cultures. Some of us enjoy drinking alcohol. Others don’t. Some of us are sober-curious. We may feel one way about drinking and another way about how alcohol is marketed. Marketing alcohol as a means of social belonging, to de-stress, and have fun normalizes drinking. In contrast, our media rarely portray alcohol’s potentially adverse social, occupational, or health consequences. HERE is the conversation guide. Please pay particular attention to the questions in Round 2.   Please…

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Healing

May 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

Healing takes many forms and can mean many things to different people. Going to the doctor and pharmacist can be part of the process of becoming healthy again. Accessing our internal power to engage in the process of becoming and/or remembering our wholeness may be part of healing. From an Indigenous perspective, healing is a process, rarely a one-time event. We each can choose to be “good medicine” or “bad medicine” for ourselves or others. Good medicine is anyone or…

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Coronavirus – Religious Liberty in the Time of Corona

May 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

The First Amendment of the Constitution establishes significant freedoms when it comes to meeting together as a faith community: freedom to establish and exercise a religion, freedom to gather, and freedom of speech. Yet, during this global pandemic, most state and local governments have limited social gatherings in order to “flatten the curve” and keep as many people from being infected with the coronavirus as possible. How do we best balance our religious freedoms and our collective moral responsibilities? Please…

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Hope

May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

Instead of resigning ourselves to our current situations, we can dream and build new possibilities. This is hope in action. In this way, hope is an energy source that resides in each of us. It is a type of knowing beyond the five senses of touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste. When we hold hope in our hearts and minds–when we hold the vision or dream of something new, better and more life-giving–we are compelled to move toward it. We have a…

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Coronavirus: Election in the Time of Corona

May 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

COVID-19 has affected every American and has been called unprecedented. It has also hit during a time of transition for our country: leading into the 2020 presidential election. How a government handles unprecedented events can reveal weaknesses or strengths about it that were not evident before. This conversation seeks to explore these newly uncovered areas, particularly as they relate to the upcoming election. Please register via Calendly here by clicking the conversation date below and selecting the open time slot.…

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Forgiveness

May 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

The 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…

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June 2020

Police & Community Relations

June 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PDT
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One event on June 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm

We 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…

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Freedom

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Freedom 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…

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Police & Community Relations

June 3 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm PDT
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One event on June 3, 2020 at 2:30 pm

We 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…

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Race & Incarceration

June 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm PDT

Increasing 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. Acknowledging the complexity of this situation, how can we work together to improve outcomes of our criminal justice system? Here is the conversation…

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Media and Polarization

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT
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One event on July 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Over 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…

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Unity

June 15 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
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One event on June 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

One event on July 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The power to come together within similar and across diverse communities seems more and more elusive. Our alienation from the people around us, manifests in ever-growing depression, addiction, physical and psychological abuse, crime, violence and suicide – indicators of spirits in distress and despair. We are caught in giant social and political arguments about the symptoms of our dis-unity that ignore our heart-felt desire for harmony and peace with one another and the earth. In the face of all this, the gift of…

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History and Society

June 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT

While 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.…

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Unity

June 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm PDT
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One event on June 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm

One event on July 10, 2020 at 12:00 pm

The power to come together within similar and across diverse communities seems more and more elusive. Our alienation from the people around us, manifests in ever-growing depression, addiction, physical and psychological abuse, crime, violence and suicide – indicators of spirits in distress and despair. We are caught in giant social and political arguments about the symptoms of our dis-unity that ignore our heart-felt desire for harmony and peace with one another and the earth. In the face of all this, the gift of…

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July 2020

Media and Polarization

July 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
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One event on July 2, 2020 at 10:00 am

Over 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…

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America We Want to Be: Founding Aspirations

July 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

When the Declaration of Independence was written, not everyone was included in the famous statement about “pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” And while the aspirations expressed in our founding documents resonate for some more than others, there are many views regarding the degree to which we have advanced these aspirations for everyone. Some focus more on the great strides we have made; others point to how far we still need to go. Some believe that focusing…

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