What we're about

Here is your chance to move the water cooler at work out amongst the rest of the world. This multi-partisan group will talk about everything from politics to religion to race; the things that you aren't supposed to talk about in public.

We are about the sharing of ideas and points of view. Points of view which will likely be different from views you currently hold. The goal is not to solve anything, but to leave the Meetup with a better understanding of how someone who hold beliefs completely opposite from you can come to their conclusions. This requires disagreement, but respect for other people and the acknowledgement that they are completely entitled to the views they hold.

So bring your brain and your passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home. It is encouraged that we all leave as friends, but required that we don't leave as enemies. For this group to succeed, it is important that we have a diverse group of people from conservatives to liberals; from believers to non believers, etc. We need different nationalities, ethnicities and religions that come from all walks of life.

Caution: If you are a hothead, this is not the group for you. You won't enjoy the Meetup and neither will we. Besides, there are plenty of what I call "Lovefest groups" out there that are willing support your already held beliefs. This is a "Learnfest!" So come test your views on politics, heaven and hell, the best positions for making love, affirmative action, etc...what you learn should and could be fun!

Upcoming events (4+)

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Monthly Meetup

Location visible to members

$2.00

This Meetup is about the sharing of ideas in a public and open forum where participants can come to learn and teach. In order for people to feel comfortable expressing their, what may be controversial, views we aim to create an environment that is not absent passion, but is cordial to people who may even have extreme views. It is incumbent upon all participants to contribute in fostering that environment.

The Meetup is divided into three consecutive sessions:
I. One Minutes - An icebreaker. We go around the room and ask each person to state their first name and then talk about anything that is on their mind for approximately one minute.

II. Topical discussion - The heart of the Meetup where we put a topic on the table and ask those who choose to share any opinion or idea around the topic. We informally toss around a stuffed animal which serves as a "talking stick." When you have it in your possession you have the floor. We loosely spend about 15 minutes on each topic depending on the number of people in attendance. This is not the time for debate, but there is room for anyone to ask some clarifying questions of the speaker in order to better understand their point of view. The goal is not to change minds in this section, but to give those minds food for thought.

III. Meetup after the Meetup - This is the end of the "formal" Meetup and where the healthy debate can take place. With smaller groups we passionately argue things that we may have talked about in topical discussion to everything else on the planet. Some say this is the best part and some people loathe the passion and the volume. Some leave before or during this part and others show up just for it. It can last for hours.

If there are rules to this Meetup, these are them:

BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE regardless of their views on any subject.
Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home.
If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend.
Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can.
We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies.

As usual there is a lot to talk about. Here are some of the topics we could explore:

Do you take your relationship(s) for granted? Can that be a good thing? Should your children take your love for granted?

We are leaving Afghanistan. Is it about time or a big mistake? Is it similar to how we left Vietnam with our tails between our legs?

Which slaves had it worse, those in the American south or those in the West Indies and Brazil?

What is up with Haiti? Why can't they seem to get their act together?

After seeing the Florida condo collapse, did you ever have hope that there were people alive under the rubble?

Where are the climate change deniers? Is anyone sick of having to drag those who can see reality with their own eyes, kicking and screaming into the real reality?

Missouri gets national coverage for southwestern Missouri being a COVID hotspot and place of low vaccinations? Is our state turning into a laughing stock or is this just CNN coverage?

Voters approve constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid, but implementation is in limbo after lawmakers refuse to allocate funding. Why can't we just vote these people out? The people have spoken.

Bill Cosby is free!!! Is anyone else happy?

Do you believe that Sha'Carrie Richardson, the Track and Field athlete who was disqualified from her event for being found with THC in her system is getting her just deserts?

Should Justice Stephen Breyer retire?

I look forward to talking to you all.

Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Mid-Month Meetup

Chevys Fresh Mex

$2.00

As usual there is a lot to talk about.

You can all look forward to the regular appearance of the "Flying 800 Pound Gorilla." The egg timer that can't seem to keep time and the "One Minutes."

"One Minutes" are an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and tell us for approximately one minute, what is on your mind. You can talk for one minute or less about anything from a hang nail that's been bothering you, to your explanation of the meaning of life, but you only have one minute.

Remember the rules:

Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home.
Be respectful to everyone during discussions.
If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend.
Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can.
We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies.

Here are some examples of the topics we could explore:

We are leaving Afghanistan. Is it about time or a big mistake? Is it similar to how we left Vietnam with our tails between our legs?

Which slaves had it worse, those in the American south or those in the West Indies and Brazil?

What is up with Haiti? Why can't they seem to get their act together?

After seeing the Florida condo collapse, did you ever have hope that there were people alive under the rubble?

Where are the climate change deniers? Is anyone sick of having to drag those who can see reality with their own eyes, kicking and screaming into the real reality?

Missouri gets national coverage for southwestern Missouri being a COVID hotspot and place of low vaccinations? Is our state turning into a laughing stock or is this just CNN coverage?

Voters approve constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid, but implementation is in limbo after lawmakers refuse to allocate funding. Why can't we just vote these people out? The people have spoken.

Bill Cosby is free!!! Is anyone else happy?

Do you believe that Sha'Carrie Richardson, the Track and Field athlete who was disqualified from her event for being found with THC in her system is getting her just deserts?

Should Justice Stephen Breyer retire?

I look forward to talking to you all.

Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Monthly Meetup

Location visible to members

$2.00

This Meetup is about the sharing of ideas in a public and open forum where participants can come to learn and teach. In order for people to feel comfortable expressing their, what may be controversial, views we aim to create an environment that is not absent passion, but is cordial to people who may even have extreme views. It is incumbent upon all participants to contribute in fostering that environment.

The Meetup is divided into three consecutive sessions:
I. One Minutes - An icebreaker. We go around the room and ask each person to state their first name and then talk about anything that is on their mind for approximately one minute.

II. Topical discussion - The heart of the Meetup where we put a topic on the table and ask those who choose to share any opinion or idea around the topic. We informally toss around a stuffed animal which serves as a "talking stick." When you have it in your possession you have the floor. We loosely spend about 15 minutes on each topic depending on the number of people in attendance. This is not the time for debate, but there is room for anyone to ask some clarifying questions of the speaker in order to better understand their point of view. The goal is not to change minds in this section, but to give those minds food for thought.

III. Meetup after the Meetup - This is the end of the "formal" Meetup and where the healthy debate can take place. With smaller groups we passionately argue things that we may have talked about in topical discussion to everything else on the planet. Some say this is the best part and some people loathe the passion and the volume. Some leave before or during this part and others show up just for it. It can last for hours.

If there are rules to this Meetup, these are them:

BE RESPECTFUL TO EVERYONE regardless of their views on any subject.
Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home.
If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend.
Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can.
We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies.

As usual there is a lot to talk about. Here are some of the topics we could explore:

Do you take your relationship(s) for granted? Can that be a good thing? Should your children take your love for granted?

We are leaving Afghanistan. Is it about time or a big mistake? Is it similar to how we left Vietnam with our tails between our legs?

Which slaves had it worse, those in the American south or those in the West Indies and Brazil?

What is up with Haiti? Why can't they seem to get their act together?

After seeing the Florida condo collapse, did you ever have hope that there were people alive under the rubble?

Where are the climate change deniers? Is anyone sick of having to drag those who can see reality with their own eyes, kicking and screaming into the real reality?

Missouri gets national coverage for southwestern Missouri being a COVID hotspot and place of low vaccinations? Is our state turning into a laughing stock or is this just CNN coverage?

Voters approve constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid, but implementation is in limbo after lawmakers refuse to allocate funding. Why can't we just vote these people out? The people have spoken.

Bill Cosby is free!!! Is anyone else happy?

Do you believe that Sha'Carrie Richardson, the Track and Field athlete who was disqualified from her event for being found with THC in her system is getting her just deserts?

Should Justice Stephen Breyer retire?

I look forward to talking to you all.

Glenn

The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Mid-Month Meetup

Chevys Fresh Mex

$2.00

As usual there is a lot to talk about.

You can all look forward to the regular appearance of the "Flying 800 Pound Gorilla." The egg timer that can't seem to keep time and the "One Minutes."

"One Minutes" are an opportunity for you to introduce yourself and tell us for approximately one minute, what is on your mind. You can talk for one minute or less about anything from a hang nail that's been bothering you, to your explanation of the meaning of life, but you only have one minute.

Remember the rules:

Bring your voice and passion, but leave your anger and condescension at home.
Be respectful to everyone during discussions.
If you get angry at differing opinions, please realize that this is not the place for you and kindly do not attend.
Eat, drink and be merry and tip well if you can.
We don't have to leave as friends, but we can't leave as enemies.

Here are some examples of the topics we could explore:

We are leaving Afghanistan. Is it about time or a big mistake? Is it similar to how we left Vietnam with our tails between our legs?

Which slaves had it worse, those in the American south or those in the West Indies and Brazil?

What is up with Haiti? Why can't they seem to get their act together?

After seeing the Florida condo collapse, did you ever have hope that there were people alive under the rubble?

Where are the climate change deniers? Is anyone sick of having to drag those who can see reality with their own eyes, kicking and screaming into the real reality?

Missouri gets national coverage for southwestern Missouri being a COVID hotspot and place of low vaccinations? Is our state turning into a laughing stock or is this just CNN coverage?

Voters approve constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid, but implementation is in limbo after lawmakers refuse to allocate funding. Why can't we just vote these people out? The people have spoken.

Bill Cosby is free!!! Is anyone else happy?

Do you believe that Sha'Carrie Richardson, the Track and Field athlete who was disqualified from her event for being found with THC in her system is getting her just deserts?

Should Justice Stephen Breyer retire?

I look forward to talking to you all.

Glenn

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The Issues You Don't Talk About Cafe Mid-Month Meetup

Chevys Fresh Mex

$2.00

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