In our community, in our state and in our country there is a great need to help people act with respect and listen respectively, said Sharon Bowen, discussion coordinator at Celebrate Diversity.
Bowen, along with the non-profit organization Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, is offering a three week discussion series to promote discussion amongst opposing political views. It’s a conversation, she says, people usually shy away from and avoid.
The series, titled “Bridging the Political/Ideological Divide” is for people who want to embrace differing views.
“The goal is not to convince somebody to change their views but understand what other people are feeling or thinking,” Bowen said.
Celebrate Diversity has 14 years experience facilitating discussion groups. The trained facilitators encourage discussion but want participants to truly lead the discussion.
“What do we have in common? What common values do we have? How can we work effectively together because, naturally some people are going to have differences in views,” Bowen said of what she hopes people get out of the discussion.
Participants are asked to attend all three sessions to develop a level of trust amongst each other. It is important for a sensitive subject like this, Bowen said.
“We hope to deeper and more open discussion,” Bowen said.
The day time series runs 12:30- 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 18 and Oct. 2, held at the Neenah Library, 240 E. Wisconsin Ave. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The evening series run 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3, held at the Appleton Library, 225 N. Oneida St. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 5.
To register, click here.