CCC Presents: Deliberative Dialogue on Immigration

CCC is hosting another opportunity to get involved in discussing immigration on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM at Carnegie Public Library 322 S Wayne St. Angola, IN 46703 where Daryl Emowrey, Pastor, will briefly describe a deliberative dialogue model—a method focused on building relationships and fostering communication around important issues of the day—and then lead the group in a deliberative dialogue process on immigration.  (Notes: Deliberative dialogue is not a religiously-affiliated model. This event is not religious and is open to anyone regardless of faith beliefs.)

According to Scott London, “Deliberative dialogue differs from other forms of public discourse — such as debate, negotiation, brainstorming, consensus-building — because the objective is not so much to talk together as to think together, not so much to reach a conclusion as to discover where a conclusion might lie. Thinking together involves listening deeply to other points of view, exploring new ideas and perspectives, searching for points of agreement, and bringing unexamined assumptions into the open. The process usually revolves around a pressing question that needs to be addressed, rather than a problem that can be efficiently solved. A problem needs to be solved; a question cannot be solved, but it can be experienced and, out of that experience, a common understanding can emerge that opens an acceptable path to action.”

Pastor Emowrey will utilize the deliberative dialogue method as conceptualized by the National Issues Forum. In their view, deliberation is careful consideration or discussion that includes a process of thoughtfully weighing options and, through their method, leads to the discovery of a shared direction guided by what participants value most. They identify some of the benefits of deliberative dialogue as

  • “Deliberation is a way to act together with your community to better understand and deal with problems more directly;”
  • “The more we get together and talk, the more we establish a shared future in which we have control;” and
  • “Studies show that the patient practice of deliberation leads to change.”

We welcome anyone, regardless of viewpoint, who would like to participate in this deliberative dialogue. We strive to treat others with respect and take responsibility for ourselves thus fostering meaningful relationships among CCC members and also with the wider community.

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