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Buy your season tickets here. Check out individual dinner programs below. Americans don’t agree on much these days, except that things really haven’t been going all that very well. Of course the consensus ends there, as fingers shaking with anger point in opposite directions to explain how in the world we got to this place so few of us enjoy. Sure, there are many deserving targets for our wrath, but are we citizens even living up to what a functional democracy expects of us?

Lately we’ve pretty much stopped living out the habits of a free and democratic people, like mutual tolerance, humility and grown-up levels of cooperation and compromise. Our divisions have gotten the better of us and it’s not made us better human beings along the way — we’re isolated, angry, petulant and far surer of ourselves than we ever ought to be.

We say it’s time for a post-pandemic reset, a spring cleaning, a democratic spa retreat of sorts, a year of finding our way back to our better selves (and maybe even to each other) — a year to get our groove back. Read on (and see below) to see what we’ve got in store in our journey back to our better selves (dinner included, up charge for massage oil).

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This year we’ll be talking about happiness (personal and societal) and how we might better pursue the truth in our habits and practices. We’ll be joined by author Dr. Arthur Brooks and scholar Dr. Kurt Gray.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | DINNER AT THE SQUARE | St. John's Episcopal Church
And the Pursuit of Happiness: Being a citizen in a democracy that wants us happy.

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?

tuesday, may 10, 2022 | dinner at the square | St. John's Episcopal Church
Intellectual Humility in a Polarized World
with Dr. Kurt Gray

Utter clarity in the face of vast complexity? Check. Haughty condescension and/or venal anger when confronted with diversity of opinion? Got that by the metric ton. Intellectual humility? Notsomuch. It’s possible that isn’t exactly healthy.