This group is dedicated to promoting peaceful discussion about difficult topics. Our goal is to increase mutual understanding even on topics where no agreement can be found. Let's exit our bubbles and echo chambers and engage respectfully with each other! Our first principle will be to assume that those who disagree with us have honorable intentions, and we will grant each other the dignity due to them as human beings.
For this movement I have borrowed an old american term, the "chautauqua". This is was a common facet of the late 19th and early 20th century social life. The basic concept is that we will host meetings about difficult topics, sometimes with guest speakers beginning the conversation, other times without. Our goal is to create a replicable model that anyone can use to host a chautauqua anywhere.
Meet at THE STATION (701 N. Person St.) at noon for lunch & discussion, then we'll walk to the church (824 N. Bloodworth S.) at 1:30 to tour a facility for the homeless.
Lunch & Discussion: 12:00
DISCUSSION & LUNCH
We will discuss how the homeless live, along with psychological and sociological reasons why people become homeless.
Elaine has kindly invited our group to tour the Community Engagement Center at the Open Table United Methodist Church, where Elaine is a volunteer. The Community Engagement Center is held in the church's basement. It's a safe place for people currently without homes, where they can hang out during the day, get a hot meal (breakfast and lunch), take a nap if needed, get free OTC drugs, toiletries, and other resources.
The Community Engagement Center's address is 824 N. Bloodworth Street in downtown Raleigh.
We ask that no one interrupts another while they are speaking. Also, to keep any individual from dominating the group, speaking time for each person will be limited to about a minute.