Feeling Frustrated? This “Un-Conference” Can Help!

The special election yesterday highlighted how polarized our communities have become. I’ve already seen several Risers suggest proactive responses that make me proud to be a member of this group. THANK YOU to everyone who helps make our resistance an inspiring, affirming, and fiercely optimistic source of positive energy during these challenging times!

Logo for Unconference

I wanted to make sure y’all are aware of a timely “un-conference” being hosted by the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center on Saturday, June 10th. The title is “Beyond Us and Them: What is Possible?” and will include a mix of short lightning talks and participant-driven breakout sessions. It goes from 8:30-5:30 and will be held at the University Congregational Church. The event is free for JRPC members and only $20 for non-members, which includes lunch and an evening reception. You can get all of the details and register here.

Here is the full press release:

CONTACT: Betsy Mulligan-Dague, 543-3955 or peace@jrpc.org

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center is hosting its third annual un-conference on Saturday, June 10, 8:30 am-5:30 pm at University Congregational Church (405 University Ave., Missoula).

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center presents “Beyond Us And Them: What is Possible?” a day-long “un-conference”. A key foundation of our work for peace is encouraging the dialogue and connections that build understanding among the huge variety of people on this planet. Our world is changing rapidly. It demands that we learn to cut through the mounting divisions—both within and outside the choir—that keep us separated to meet the unquestionable challenges of the emerging future together. When divisions dominate—whether politics, economics, cultures, issues, or opinions—we remain stuck in a worldview that is destined to fail. The future includes all of us, so rather than focusing on being right and winning, we must put our efforts toward understanding all perspectives and search for the deeper truths that join us together. This critical time demands all our strengths to create the kind of solutions to meet the upcoming untold challenges. These are the conversations that matter.

We ask you to join us as we search for the courage, compassion, and respect to learn these skills, build these new connections, and imagine the world that is possible. And we are looking for folks from all persuasions, with all their concerns and interests, to join us so our conversations are deep and productive.

At the un-conference, four lightning speakers (Dustin Monroe, Quentin Robinson, Tricia parks and Robert Rivers) will ignite the participants with their individual passions for peacemaking. Using Open Space Meeting Technology facilitated by Kris Bayer, JRPC members, friends, and community members will be invited to nominate and host any topic related to the theme. These will become simultaneous, fluid breakout sessions in which participants share ideas, inspire each other, and engage on the most powerful topics of interest. At the close, participants are invited to an evening reception in the UCC Courtyard with snacks and music. The event is free for JRPC members and $20 for non-members; lunch, snacks, and evening reception included. More information and online registration is at jrpc.org.

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