“Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse,” a workshop addressing the problems of a “polarized, hyperbolic and angry” public conversation, will be held on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s, Chillicothe. The program will be led by Alan Yarborough of the Office of Government Relations of The Episcopal Church and is sponsored by the diocesan Social Justice and Public Policy Commission.

Alan Yarborough

According to organizers, “Political divides are growing deeper, and many of us look ahead to 2020 with concern and worry. We do not have to continue this way. Peace-building involves learning from and working with others, while also sharing different perspectives with humility and vulnerability. To solve our world’s greatest challenges, we must learn to unlock the diversity of ideas and viewpoints as an asset for creating stronger solutions. This civil discourse training aims to enhance our ability to learn from and understand one another, and to apply that practice to public policy conversations.”

 Learning to engage in civil discourse means learning to: 

  •  Disagree with other opinions without disparaging other people. 
  •  Disagree with other opinions while recognizing that we also have room to learn. 
  •  Disagree with other opinions in an environment that preserves physical and emotional safety, even if emotional levels “run high.” 

Registration fee for this event is $15, which includes lunch and materials. Registration is limited to 50 participants. Register at http://www.dsoconnections.org/dsoevent/civil-discourse-training/ by March 16. For more information, contact the Rev. Deniray Mueller at deniray@deniray.com or 614.668.6036.