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Dialogue

Overcoming Bigotry Through Cultural Competency

Imane Ait Daoud | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Imane Ait Daoud

Last year was a year filled with interfaith controversy and debate. With the coming elections and the continued conflicts between peoples of different...

Parochial Prayer: A Call for Students to Claim Their Power

KidSpirit | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
KidSpirit

I have been raised in an observant conservative Jewish household, and I frequently wrestle with daily prayer, which is very familiar to me. Therefore, I can readily see how a less observant student, without a regular relationship to a prayer experience outside of school, could find services onerous when thrust upon them in school.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.

What I've Realized As an American Muslim Living in the Midwest

Rawan AbuShaban | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Rawan AbuShaban

Living in the Midwest, I realize that the humanity of Muslims is best displayed just by being there. Better than an image of a random person, you witness me.

Why Facilitating Dialogue Is More Challenging Than Ever

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Murali Balaji

In the year since the Charlie Hebdo terror attack, free speech and political correctness, particularly in the West, have been presented as antithetical. Both conservative and liberal intellectuals have noted that political correctness has dissuaded free speech and silenced meaningful dialogue.

Why You Should to Talk to Your Kids About Sex

Samara Wolpe | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Samara Wolpe

Why is it so common for parents to make up strange stories such as the stork or fairies dropping children off at the doorstep, or for parents to wait until their children are summoned in for health class to broach the topic? Even more puzzling, why do many never bring it up at all?

Powerful Patience

KidSpirit | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion
KidSpirit

Since childhood, I always wanted to represent my country abroad, wanted to become a global thinker who could contribute to Bahrain's development. But after stepping outside that exam hall, I was pretty sure I had lost my chance.

Toward a Happier, More Social, and Less Divisive Country

John Bredin | Posted 12.29.2015 | Media
John Bredin

Since it's the "season to be jolly" as they say, I thought it might be useful to share some hopeful ideas (cynics might dismiss them as "utopian") for building a more caring, just, and peaceful society in the years ahead.

5 Ingredients for Dialogue in December

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes

Rather than attempting to learn about all of the various holidays one might encounter, I recommend instead cultivating practices and postures that will allow us to encounter and navigate difference openly, gracefully and with a spirit of positive intention. I've gathered five practices that are helpful for navigating holidays and cultural difference.

Anxiety Will Not Hold Me Back

Kylie Aloi | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Kylie Aloi

Anxiety may not be the most pleasant experience in the world but I personally wouldn't trade it in. Throughout all of my exploring, I have come to see that those of us with anxiety seem to be a "type" of person.

I Feared America

Basma El Baz | Posted 12.02.2015 | Travel
Basma El Baz

I love traveling. I visited various countries alone or in the company of my best friend. I did not feel any fear before visiting the United Kingdom or...

Can Faith be Friends With Robots?

Clarrise Ng | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Clarrise Ng

Faith in itself, like a life buoy, sometimes a life buoy, is not automatic. It is never certain in the questions it tries to answer in the first place, and those who attempt to answer it often have to look beyond automatic survival and intuition to discover possible answers.

Celebrating a Founding Mother of American's Dialogue Renaissance

Living Room Conversations | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." - Eugene Ionesco Twenty seven years ago, after watching a televised debate evolve from "dis...

Curious Cats, Blind Men And Elephants: How To End America's Political Armageddon

Living Room Conversations | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

What if it's a lie that "curiosity killed the cat"? What if curiosity is just what we now need to save that lost cat named America?

Rough Day for Your Teen? Give Him a Smooth Finish with Parental Intelligence

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.20.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

When you understand his mind, then quite naturally solutions will emerge. You don't really know the overarching problem yet. The grades are just the behavior that is sending a message. It is your job to decipher that message. That's using Parental Intelligence.

Lessons from Tunisia

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Tunisia, despite economic difficulties, social unrest and the assassination of several political leaders, has managed, unlike any other country rocked by the Arab Spring, to establish a peaceful process that was instrumental in enabling the country to create a constitutional system.

Who's Up For Some Post-Paranoid Politics?

Living Room Conversations | Posted 10.10.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Some of us are sick of the vilification of political adversarie. We can disagree with our adversaries, even passionately, without attributing sinister motives or magical powers to them.

Politics and Religious Values

Terry Newell | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Terry Newell

The notion that there is a "wall of separation" between church and state is either in serious danger or increasingly destructive of religious freedom, if we listen to the loudest voices in recent months.

We're Not All That Different

Living Room Conversations | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

Isn't that what we need in our country right now -- some kind of breakthrough through the stalemates all around us? What exactly would it take to widen our own perspective enough to gain new insights about ourselves? My own experience suggests that answers may be closer than we realize.

Overcoming Challenges to Peace

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 09.18.2015 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

When I visited Latin America in June this year, we sent a message to meet with the leaders of the Colombian rebel group FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). They responded positively and we had a very fruitful meeting in Cuba.

How to Talk to Your Son About Rape: A Guide for Dads and Hockey Fans

Caleb Probst | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Caleb Probst

The following is the transcript of how I would imagine the conversation between me and my son would unfold. Feel free to use it as a template for discussing these issues with your own children.

Set a Dialogue World Record in Your Community

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We'd love our initiative to provide leverage for disseminating civil dialogue in other neighborhoods and communities. So we urge you to leave Sedona in the dust by charging forward to set your own LRC world record!

'In the Dark Places,' A Conversation With Peter Robinson

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 08.24.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In the Dark Places is the 22nd Inspector Banks novel. It blends a police procedural with psychological suspense, and begins with a simple matter of a stolen tractor from a Yorkshire farm.

10 Reasons to Spend Time With Your Political Opposite

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

So why would anyone be crazy enough to spend significant time with someone on the other side of the political fence? Why funny you should ask...

Prospects of U.S.-Egypt Strategic Relations

Jeremiah J. Bowden | Posted 08.08.2015 | World
Jeremiah J. Bowden

After six years of waiting, the United States and Egypt have rekindled formal strategic dialogue. Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Cairo symbolizes a rapprochement between the U.S. and one of the key players in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.