Saturday, September 21, 2019
A Living Room Conversation is a simple way to heal divides. It is a conversational model developed by dialogue experts in order to facilitate connection between people despite their differences and identify areas of common ground and shared concerns. This program is a follow up to the July American Creed program held at the Carey Institute. Whether you’ve seen the film or not, all are invited to join the conversation. You can visit the website to view the film. Additional Resources for the Program can be found at: www.rensselaervillelibrary.org/american-creed.html
Be curious and open to learning.
Conversation is as much about listening as it is about talking. Enjoy hearing all points of view. Maintain an attitude of exploration.
Show respect and suspend judgment.
Human beings tend to judge one another; do your best not to. Setting judgments aside opens you up to learning from others and makes them feel respected and appreciated.
Find common ground and note differences.
Look for a common ground you can agree on and take an interest in the differing beliefs and opinions of others.
Be authentic and welcome that from others.
Share what’s important to you. Speak authentically from your personal experience. Be considerate of others who are doing the same.
Be purposeful and to the point.
Notice if what you are conveying is or is not pertinent to the topic at hand.
Own and guide the conversation.
Take responsibility for the quality of your participation and that of the conversation. Be proactive in getting yourself and others back on track if needed.
August 26, 2019
We are writing to invite you to a second round of “conversations,” based on the belief that our democracy depends upon the thoughtful exchange of ideas. If we spend time talking with each other, respectfully and patiently, we may discover the common values we share.
In the 1977 book People Made it Happen Here, the editors describe the efforts and goodwill of Hilltown residents who lived and worked for the common good of our community for more than 150 years. We believe that spirt of cooperation still exists in the Hilltowns today (as evidenced in the volunteer Firemen and their auxiliaries, the Good Cause Club, the Senior Van, Preston Hollow Beautification Committee, and the endless list of kindnesses that neighbors perform for each other matter-of-factly, whether it’s shoveling the walkway of an aging neighbor, or driving someone to a doctor’s appointment, or starting a fundraiser for someone whose house has burnt down, or helping each other find lost pets or children, or planting flowers in front of the library… the list goes on and on).
We are proposing that we build on that history of cooperation by engaging in a series of conversations based on the documentary film American Creed (Click on the Full Film Button on Right side of this page.) which some of you saw at the Carey Institute on 7/28. In this film a prominent Republican (Condoleeza Rice) and a prominent Democrat (David Kennedy) discuss and examine values we share as Americans.
Please join us for a “Living Room Conversation” in the Rensselaerville Library on 9/21 at 2:00, where we’ll engage with neighbors in small groups, in order to get to know and understand each other’s points of view and concerns better. Similar initiatives are going on in communities around the United States, as we all struggle to find a way to move forward based on our shared values.
If you are interested in joining us on 9/21 at 2:00 at the Rensselaerville Library, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up! Hope to see you there.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Carey Institute for Global Good
A FREE Screening of American Creed A documentary examining the values and beliefs that hold Americans together, followed by a Community Conversation, facilitated by Paul Grondahl, Director of the NYS Writers Institute.
The idea for this film grew out of conversations between two Stanford University professors, political scientist and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize- winning historian David M. Kennedy. Kennedy was drawn to history in large part to determine whether the United State has a “national character”, and if so, what defines it and how it changes over time. The film is an outgrowth of these enduring questions.
The screening will be followed by community conversations and refreshments.
A FREE event at the Carey Institute for Global Good Guggenheim Pavilion.
Watch a 30 second video of the program below.
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Special Thanks to the following organizations listed below for making the
American Creed program possible.
American Creed program possible.