Community Dialogue: The Lost Art of Civil Discourse

Event date: February 12, 2020
Event Time: 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
12375 SW Fifth Street
Beaverton, OR 97005
What makes it difficult and frustrating to talk to someone with strong differences of opinion? Do you ever feel stuck between arguments or avoidance? Are there important topics to you that are “off-limits” with certain friends or family members? Come learn the Lost Art of Civil Discourse! Seven different sessions that explore how we think and talk about differences and practice dialogue rather than debate. In the first half of each session, small groups will talk about the potential benefits and difficulties inherent in listening to other people’s beliefs (with the help of a trained mediator and facilitator). In the second half, the groups will engage in exercises to practice what they’ve discussed in an environment less risky than a holiday dinner.