Finding common ground in divisive political landscape

Political and social divisiveness permeates national and local news every day. While the issues are complex, finding shared values is possible.

A community forum to discuss this topic will take place Thursday, April 12, from 7:15 to 9:15 a.m. at the St. Paul Town and Country Club, presented by St. Paul Sunrise Rotary Club, in cooperation with the Rotary Clubs of Minneapolis City of Lakes and Woodbury.

“Beyond Political Polarization:Finding Common Ground for the Common Good” will be presented by Bill Doherty, Ph.D., a University of Minnesota professor of Family Social Science and a marriage and family therapist. Doherty leads depolarization workshops throughout the country through Better Angels, a national bipartisan citizen’s movement, dedicated to depolarization and unifying our divided nation by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes and to form working alliances. The forum will offer new strategies for initiating conversations that focus upon learning how to respect the integrity and worth of every individual’s views.

The Town and Country Club is located at Marshall and Otis avenues, St. Paul. The event is open to the public. Admission is $25 and includes breakfast. Pre-registration and payment by Thursday, April 5, is required at StPaulSunriseRotary.org.

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