Speaker Joan Blades Uses Dialogue to Overcome Society’s Divisions

We see divisions within our society all around us, in our nation, in our states and in our communities and even in the Anglican Communion and our churches. The need for reconciliation that builds on mutual respect and an appreciation of differences has never been greater. Our Spring Conference, “Living Room Conversations: Respecting, Reconciling, and Appreciating Differences” addresses this need.

Joan Blades, our featured speaker for this conference, experienced partisan fighting for over 15 years in her work with MoveOn.org and came to realize this battling was destroying valuable relationships. She founded Living Room Conversations to explore alternative approaches to big, potentially divisive issues through dialogue. She will share insights she has gained and tools she has developed doing this work. We will also get an opportunity to experience this form of dialogue while we learn about it. Please join us! Online registration can be found here.

The May 21 conference will run from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, taking place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salinas. Cost is $25.00 and lunch is included. For questions, contact Mary Beth Powell at marybeth@realepiscopal.org. Whether paying online or at the door, be sure to sign up via our online registration here.