Friday, January 11th, 2013
Democracy requires an informed citizenry working out their differences. The first step is to hear each other. Our country seems to be falling down on this process today. We at the Gage Center, in our own small way, want to be part of turning that around.
Reproductive choice divides us sharply today, with the possibility of a civil conversation on the issue increasingly difficult. But what if people of differing views got together in a safe environment, not to change each other’s minds but to respectfully hear each other across our differences as we explore the complexity of the question, “who should choose whether or not a woman births?” Something new might happen; something apart from the polarization we experience. We think it’s worth a try.
That’s why we’ve spent the last year finding and training facilitators who created a four-session dialogue program which will allow participants to exchange ideas from a variety of perspectives and expand their knowledge of reproductive rights in a safe, non-volatile setting.
What we’ve learned in the process is this: we appear to be the first museum in the country with the courage to dialogue on this issue. So our funders (a Project Support Fund grant from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience with additional funding from the Ludwick Family Foundation) have asked us to create a national model.
Now we invite you to take part in this exciting and challenging experiment, and help us create a national model for dialogue on reproductive choice. The Gage Center is launching the program with four dialogue groups this winter, each limited to 12 participants.
The four dialogue groups are as follows:
Group 1: Dialogue for men group, dates/times TBA
Group 2: Wednesdays, January 23, 30 and Feb. 6, 13. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Fayetteville Free Library
Group 3: Mondays February 4 & 11 and Wednesdays February 6 & 13. 5:00 PM -7:00 PM at 126 N. Salina Street (First Niagara Building) – lower level meeting room – Parking is Free
Group 4: Mondays, January 28, and Feb. 4, 11, 18. 6:00 PM -8:00 PM at Le Moyne College, location to be announced.
Participation is free and you must be able to commit to attending all the sessions of your group. Advance registration is required by contacting the Gage Center at 315-637-9511 or emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Participants will receive brochures providing historic, religious and legal background information that is representative of diverse perspectives. Rules of confidentiality will be established to ensure a safe and respectful environment.
Please join us in this path breaking experience!