We’ve all been there: we log on to our computers, turn on the TV or pick up the newspaper to see what is going on in the world. That’s when it hits us like a ton of bricks. The riots. The anger. The conflict.

How did we get to this point? Why can’t we have civil conversations with each other anymore?

Join us as we explore this topic at “Uncomfortable Conversations,” an event led by the Rev. Dr. Gary Mason at 6:30 – 8 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 21 at The Portico campus.

Dr. Mason is a clergyperson, peace negotiator and director of Rethinking Conflict. The event will explore how we can have uncomfortable, yet civil conversations with those that we disagree with.

The Rev. Dr. Gary Mason spent 28 years working through the Northern Ireland Peace Process as a clergyperson and remains a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants. This event will explore how and why individuals today have trouble having civil conversations about hot topics such as politics or religion. Through lecture and discussion, Dr. Mason will teach how individuals can find peace and reconciliation with one another despite differing opinions.

The conversation will continue in the “Civil Conversations Project”, a discussion group focusing on having civil conversations through conflict, beginning March 8. For more information and/or to be involved in the planning of this project, please contact Michelle Schumacher (813.363.3970).

Questions? Contact the Rev. Justin LaRosa.

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