Bridge to peace: Rutland invites Braver Angels to connect community

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, The Rutland Herald

In a time of increasing political tensions and extreme world views, one Democrat and one Republican from Rutland County are trying to unite their communities in the spirit of respectful conversation.

And as of Monday, there were three spots left for the Braver Angels Skills Workshop slated for Sept. 7.

“In our society, we’re becoming increasingly polarized,” said organizer Carol Wright, also an active member of the NAACP, Castleton Indivisible and Rutland County Democrats. “It certainly didn’t start with the current administration. We work better as a society to be able to sit down at the same table and share ideas.”

A group of 40 democrats and republicans will meet at the Leahy Conference Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center for a three-hour training session — led by trained moderators — where they’ll discuss current events, learn how to see things from the perspective of the opposite political party, and find common ground.

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