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Respectful Conversations Project

Thousands of Minnesotans around the state have built empathy across their disagreements with each other and became more effective listeners. You can join a movement of people who are talking about divisive issues in a way that moves us from fist shaking to handshaking; from argument to insight.

Respectful Conversations are designed not to change minds, but soften hearts. Find out how people in your community can talk about their differences in a way that stitches us together rather than tearing us apart.

The topic for 2013-2014 is "A Conversation About Guns in Minnesota." If you would like to participate in a Respectful Conversation or hold a conversation for your own community, see the registration link. To register, click here.

We are also constantly in partnership with new host congregations designing custom conversations tailored for topics of local relevance.

Interested in becoming a table facilitator? Find out more.

Congregations interested in hosting a conversation should contact Jerad Morey, Program Manager, at (612) 230-3211 or

Report on Conversations About the Amendment to Define Marriage

If you are curious about how 2012's conversation went, here is a video produced by TPT (Twin Cities Public Television) about the conversation process and methodology.

Read our final report on the success of the 2012 round of Respectful Conversations on the Amendment to Define Marriage.

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