Saturday, January 29 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us to discuss important issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcome.
January 29, 2022
Events > Courageous Conversations
Saturday, January 29
10:30 am to 11:30 am
THIS EVENT HAS PASSED.
Snow Storm Update
We’re taking the conversation online!
Connecticut is expecting a snow storm this Saturday, so January’s Courageous Conversations even will be held online only. If you registered to attend, you should receive an email with instructions for the online Zoom meeting.
Stay safe, stay warm, and we’ll see you online!
Have you ever wondered how someone on the other side of the political fence could possibly have the opinions they do?
Have you avoided talking to friends or family members because you know you disagree with them about religion?
Are you interested in understanding others more, especially people who disagree with you?
Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.
Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.
Preparing for January’s Meeting
The first discussion in this series will follow a book club format. Participants are asked to read ONE of the following books:
- Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations that Work by Tania Israel
- I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversations by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers
Please contact the library for a copy of the book of your choice. We will discuss the books and identify key guidelines for managing these sometimes-difficult conversations.
Each subsequent discussion will focus on one political or social issue, such as Health Care, Criminal Justice, Social Safety Nets, Gun Control, Worker’s Rights, etc.
Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!