What I found more surprising than the NASCAR stats, though, was the abject shock from my green friends when I shared the information. It is precisely these kinds of ‘purple issues,’ combining the interests of Blue and Red States alike that will allow us to find the compromises (that’s right, I used the c-word) we need to break political deadlock and take effective action to solve some of society’s biggest problems.
NASCAR Green is purple precisely because it is ‘oxymoronic.’ It highlights common ground, letting us come out from behind the barricades to see the other side as having merit and something to contribute to the solution. As the national political parties continue hammering away at each other’s differences, these purple issues give us a chance to play off our shared values.
when: Wed, Sep 26th, 2012 (3pm CST/4pm EST)
where: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota
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Today Krista Tippett hosts the second of four live public events of The Civil Conversations Project (CCP). Krista’s guests at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs are Frances Kissling and David Gushee.
They belong to a constellation of reproductive choice and rights activists who are exploring real relationship with their political opposites. These encounters are scarcely imaginable against the backdrop of the absolute poles that frame better-publicized confrontation. David Gushee, who opposes abortion, has written this:
"Our legal stalemate about abortion is like a football game, with the two rival teams pushing each other back and forth across the 50-yard line and neither team able to win — especially if winning is defined by either the total banning of abortion on the one side or its unhindered legalization and funding as a routine health care practice on the other. The pro-life and pro-choice establishments appear committed to the continuation of this game of smash-mouth abortion football until the end of time. It is quite a spectacle, but the legal struggle is actually a distraction from the unresolved cultural and moral issues that have created it."
This civil conversation will start there — with what is really at stake — and break out of the confines and categories of the usual debates.
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when: Wed, Sep 12th, 2012 (6pm CST/7pm EST)
where: Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, U of Minnesota
We kick off our second season of The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) with four live, public events. This Wednesday at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Krista speaks with Gabe Lyons, author of The Next Christians, and Jim Daly, Jim Dobson’s successor at Focus on the Family. They are bringing a new imagination and defy stereotypes of religious — specifically Christian, Evangelical – America that flourish in an election year. And they represent the way this significant swath of American religiosity continues to evolve. Please be part of this. Learn more on the CCP site, submit questions to our guests, and participate in our live video streams.
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