What if our lost closeness is epically misunderstood and tragically unnecessary? What if the differences between us are more noise and less signal? And what if it’s even more tragic than that—what if our differences are more an illusion than they are a reality?
Our current divisions—one American from another—are deep and wide. But what if we are profoundly, completely and tragically wrong about each other? What if it’s our own mistaken assumptions about the true beliefs of people on our “side” that is driving the escalating tensions? We’d best figure that out. Fast.
Our annual town hall pairs commissioners from the City of Tallahassee and Leon County to have a constructive (and neighborly) discussion about where we are, where we’re going and what the challenges ahead might be.
Chris Stirewalt gives us an inside view of the rage-driven political environment we’ve found ourselves plunged into. From Amazon on his book “Broken News:” “Rage revenue-addicted news companies are plagued by shoddy reporting, sensationalism, groupthink, and brain-dead partisan tribalism. Yep.
Are you “us” or are you “them”? These days every religious, nonprofit and for-profit has to state their opinion on every single political disagreement du jour. We’ll talk about just how advisable this situation is and if there might be a better way.
Let Friendship Redeem the Republic: God Squad Edition. In our year-long celebration of the superpower of healthy friendships across differences, you’ll meet God Squad’s friends who they don’t quite agree with (and we’ll encourage the audience to bring their own).
According to our special guest Mónica Guzmán, seeing where people are coming from isn’t just possible—it’s how we ought to be living our lives. “The barriers between us are lower than we think.” Find the answers you need by talking with people—rather than about them—and asking the questions you want across the divides you want, curiously.
It’s an election year. Should churches have political candidates speak at Sunday services? Should clergy tell congregants how to vote? Should congregations organize political rallies or get-out-the-vote efforts? What are the proper lines for religious involvement in politics? And what are the consequences when these lines get crossed?
In divided times like ours and through history, brave and unlikely friendships have endured, inspired and redeemed. You’ll meet people who live their lives around people who disagree with them.
Join Dr. Robb Willer, professor of psychology and sociology at Stanford University and director of their Polarization and Social Change Lab, for a highly-relatable hero-arc journey to save democracy (and possibly ditch a few zombies along the way).
In celebration of The Village Square’s determination this year to celebrate what’s working and worth emulating (in a world in which much seems broken) God Squad will kick off their 13th season thinking about our fellow humans who have behaved heroically during these challenging times.
It’s really easy to be in touch right now with the dark side of human nature that’s been so thoroughly highlighted through the pandemic, but is there something else to see? Maybe transcendence, empathy and heroic self-sacrifice?
As the political landscape has devolved into a Mad Max hellscape of blame and retribution (and sometimes even worse), can we find a way to wrestle up a little empathy for our fellow human, even the ones who we don’t agree with?
Say what you rightfully will about what’s wrong with America, there isn’t a country on earth nervy enough to hold as a central ideal the pursuit of happiness. Yet we spend precious little time contemplating this founding charge to American citizens. Are we succeeding at it?