Here are two upcoming events to engage with BETTER ANGELS:
BETTER ANGELS: REUNITING AMERICA DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE
Friday, May 17, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Seating Limited. Please register in advance for this free event at eventbrite.com/e/61171302011
It all began in southwest Ohio, where Trump voters and Clinton voters gathered in our Red/Blue workshops in the weeks and months after the 2016 election. Now, the second workshop and its aftermath have been captured in Better Angels: Reuniting America, a one-hour documentary which shows 8 Democratic-leaning voters and 7 Republican-leaning voters moving through a Better Angels signature Red/Blue workshop, from initial skepticism to more profound understanding and empathy. Youʼll get an inside look at how a Democratic voter went from threatening to cut off relationships with Trump voters to becoming dear friends with one—and how a Republican voter moved from disdaining progressives to taking co-leadership with one in a movement that now spans the country.
For more information, and to watch a four-minute clip from the documentary, visit www.better-angels.org/documentary/
DEPOLARIZING WITHIN: BECOMING A BETTER ANGEL IN YOUR OWN WORLD
Wednesday, May 29, 6-8:30 pm
Free and Open to the Public. Pre-registration requested at eventbrite.com/e/61336594405
Much of today’s epidemic of toxic polarization is driven by how we talk with like-minded people about those on the other side. How we talk among ourselves about them fuels fires that threaten our democracy. What if we learn the discipline of non-polarizing attitudes and language we can use about the political “Other” with whom we share a national past and future?
This workshop will:
- Help you become more aware of polarization inside us and between us
- Teach you skills for being critical without demonizing, dismissing, or stereotyping the millions of people who differ from you politically
- Help you learn how to intervene constructively in social conversations that veer into contempt and ridicule for people who hold other political views
Questions? Contact Bruce MacKenzie.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory…will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.
Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address 1861