What we're about

Civilized Conversation seeks to revive the lost art of face-to-face thoughtful conversation. We're a diverse group of people from different parts of the political spectrum and varying backgrounds. Yet, we believe that it is possible to discuss controversial topics honestly and respectfully, as well as passionately.

We meet every Monday evening at the same time 7pm and place (Zoom, but previously Panera Café 5620 Balboa Ave.) to discuss a pre-set topic. Usually it's related to politics or public affairs, but some topics are about religion, history, world politics, or even philosophy or science. Our format is an informal roundtable discussion by all present, with a moderator, DavidG.

Note: The Friday before each meeting, DavidG does a post on the group's main website that gives information about the topic and links to optional background readings. Main website: civilizedconversation.wordpress.com.

Come join us any Monday night!

Upcoming events (5)

Separation of church and state - What should it mean in USA going forward?

For optional background readings, go to our regular website the Friday before each Monday mtg. https://civilizedconversation.wordpress.com. The link (always the same) is here on this page. The unique to this mtg password will be emailed to all attendees the evening before the Monday mtg.

How do progressives differ from liberals? Conservatives from right-wingers?

For optional background readings, go to our regular website the Friday before each Monday mtg. https://civilizedconversation.wordpress.com. Attendees will get the link and password via email the day before the Monday mtg. The link (the same for very mg, BTW!) is also on this page.

Law enforcement reform: How much is needed? How to build public support?

Because of this topic's urgency we will discuss free will (original idea for this date) some other time. For optional background readings, go to our regular website the Friday before each Monday mtg. https://civilizedconversation.wordpress.com. This to be a Zoom mtg. Attendees will get the link and password via email the night before the Monday mtg.

Is American democracy itself at stake in November?

Online event

How much doubt is there that U.S. democracy hangs by a thread based on the results of the November election? Even if Trump is defeated, can the authoritarian forces he has unleashed be put back in the bottle? Or, is our democracy (granted, with its many limits) more robust than some people fear, and we just can't see it through all the recent disasters and madness? This may be the most important topic CivCon has ever or will ever discuss, so I will expand its size slightly. If you don't get in don't worry. This won't be our only opportunity before November to broach this topic, I can assure you. -- Zoom mtg: Link and password will go out to attendees the night before the Monday mtg. -- Optional background readings go to our main website the Friday before each Monday mtg. https://civilizedconversation.wordpress.com

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