Can We Bridge the Divide?
Better Angels Red /Blue Workshop
What: A workshop bringing together a select number of conservative or Republican-leaning citizens and liberal or Democratic-leaning citizens for a day of structured conversations rooted in our Catholic faith.*
Why: In Abraham Lincoln's First Inaugural Address in 1861, with the nation on the brink of Civil War, he appealed to the "better angels of our nature." When our Holy Father spoke to the U.S. Congress for the first time in history in 2015, he honored Lincoln as a guardian of liberty. Pope Francis pointed to a truth this U.S. President taught us: "Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a spirit of subsidiarity and solidarity." In our dangerously divided nation, we all need to be touched by something "better" within us and within the country we share. That's why we're hosting this Better Angels workshop.
To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide.
To explore areas of unity and difference when it comes to our politics, while rooting our convictions first and foremost in our Catholic tradition.
To learn something that might be helpful to others in our community and the nation.
The Process: A focus on listening and reflecting rather than debating and persuading.
Hosts: Incarnation Catholic Church, 7415 Far Hills Rd., Centerville OH 45459
When: Saturday, September 22, 9am to 1pm
(Lunch is not included, but there will be refreshments throughout the morning.)
Sponsors: Archdiocese of Cincinnati Catholic Social Action Office and Commission and Better Angels (www.better-angels.org). Better Angels is a nonpartisan organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.
Interested? Contact the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office at
(513) 421-3131, ext. 2660, firstname.lastname@example.org. Space available for up to 42 participants. RSVP by Sept. 14.
*Independents are welcome. To participate, we ask for the purposes of this workshop that you identify as "red" (leaning Republican and/or conservative) or "blue" (leaning Democratic and/or progressive).