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Local Community Debate – Local Discussion on the Divided Inter-faith Dialogue

03/14/2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Host Organization: Braver Angels Fairfax County
State/Region: VA

Local Focus: Fairfax County, VA

de·bate| dəˈbāt | – noun – A highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen to one another, and are open to being changed by ideas.

About this Event

This in-person event will examine why dialogue among many faith traditions have divided into liberal-leaning groups (often described as inter-faith) and conservative-leaning groups (often referred to as multi-faith) and how these trends apply both to people who do not claim a religion and our broader national political dialogue. Ibrahim Anli, Executive Director of the Rumi Forum, will frame the discussion with his extensive professional experience leading dialogue among faith traditions.

You probably haven’t experienced anything like a Braver Angels Debate. It’s not a political debate, where competing candidates attempt to win votes. Nor is it a competitive high school or college debate, where people advocate positions in which they may not believe for the sole purpose of vanquishing their foes.

A Braver Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas. When done well, everyone walks out a little closer to the truth, more aware of the validity in opposing views, and with tighter community relationships.

Braver Angels’ Debates might help you understand the debate process that we use.

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This workshop is a free event brought to you by Braver Angels as part of our mission to depolarize America. Braver Angels is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We invite you to consider a gift to Braver Angels; all donations are tax deductible.  Your support will allow us to offer more workshops and debates with the ultimate goal of uniting America. Click here to donate.

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Lewinsville Presbyterian Church
1724 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101 United States
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Dan Hardy


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Braver Angels Fairfax County

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