Courageous Conversations: Tips and Tricks
Thursday, March 2, 2023 — 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Learn when to engage in conversation, how to keep things respectful, and why it matters.
March 2, 2023
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
If you registered for the original February event, your registration will carry over to the new March event. Due to a scheduling conflict, we could not hold this event on a Saturday. Future Courageous Conversations will return on their normal Saturday mornings.
How do you respond when a friend or family member starts talking about a political or social issue, and their opinion is the exact opposite of yours?
…Mumble something and walk away as soon as possible?
…Argue with them because they’re so clearly wrong!?
What you may be missing with these responses is an opportunity to build connection. How can you do that and not go crazy yourself? Drawing from research and experience, we’ll teach you how to determine when to engage in conversation, how to keep things respectful, and why it matters.
This course is for everyone, beginners and experienced conversationalists alike.
What are Courageous Conversations?
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.
The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.
Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!
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