“The opposite of hate is not love. You don’t have to love people to stop hating them. You don’t even have to like them. You also don’t have to concede the validity of their views. You can have beliefs that are in strong opposition to the beliefs of other people, and still treat those others with civility and mutual respect. Ultimately, the opposite of hate is the beautiful and powerful reality of our how we are all fundamentally linked and equal as human beings. The opposite of hate is connection.” –Sally Kohn, The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity
Do you ever feel discouraged by the negative and hateful discourse in our society today? Does it seem like getting past our differences is a hopeless pipe dream?
But do we have to live in a right/wrong dichotomy that forces us into opposing camps? Or are there ways we can move beyond our disagreements without the burden of changing each other’s minds?
This Sunday at New Wineskins we’re going to engage in some exercises to help us develop strategies for creating constructive dialogue that gets beyond what divides us and finds ways to create deeper connection.
Join us this Sunday, Aug. 26, in the 167 Side Room of the Marietta Brewing Company and join what promises to be a fun and productive discussion!
Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm