(Reposted from 2/18/2017)
Guilders and Butte County neighbors,
You are invited to join us Sunday, February 19 from 4PM to 6PM at Norton Buffalo Hall for a conversation on whether and how we might establish a new Guild (within our Paradise Community Guilds) aimed at learning and teaching the skills necessary for civil discussion of the issues and politics of our day.
Come as early as 3:30PM and bring some light potluck if you'd like to eat -- I hear we'll have some split pea soup, bread and wine to share, though I'm not sure how far it will go.
Why are we doing this? Well, we've been listening to our community.
Most of us have talked about the illness of incivility afflicting the soul of American politics, and whether we can do anything about it.
In short, we’re getting more and more divided on the issues, and mutual respect is displaced by frustration and disdain, guaranteeing that we stay divided. It affects families, friends and neighbors. And it’s unsustainable.
As a non-partisan, non-denominational fellowship with a vision to “Be the community you want to live in,” Paradise Community Guilds may be ideally positioned to promote more sustainable values in civil conversation. And we'll look for the fun in it!
Come prepared to articulate your interest and your ideas for how such a project might succeed.
• 3:30PM Doors open, food/drink set up
• 4PM - Gather, brief introduction of the topic.
• 4:20PM - Video from TEDNYC: Jonathan Haidt: "Can a divided America heal?" This is an insightful exchange recorded in November 2016. I encourage you to check it out beforehand.
• 4:40PM - Discuss the video. Ideas?
• 5PM - Break
• 5:10PM - Video from A2Ethics.org's Big Ethical Question Slam. This group in Ann Arbor, Michigan has held an innovative annual event for the last 5 years that has energized their community.
• 5:25PM - Discussion. Would we like to work toward our own Slam? How else can we have fun?
• 5:50PM Make agreements, wrap-up.
How does that sound?
In the meantime, here are some online clicks I would encourage you to explore:
Video from A2Ethics.org's Big Ethical Question Slam - short.
YourMorals.org Much of our political conversation rests on our moral beliefs. This website is a collaboration among social psychologists who study morality and politics. Take a little time to explore your own morals at the website; not only will you learn a little more about yourself, you’ll contribute to solid research.
CivilPolitics.org This may be a good theoretical resource for ideas on how we wish to proceed.
There's plenty more resource out there -- and if anyone feels like reading a book in the meantime, I highly recommend Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind - Why Good People Are Divided By Politics And Religion.
Let's "Be the community we want to live in!" See you at 4PM this Sunday!