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The Lost Art of Civil Discourse

  • What makes it difficult and frustrating to talk to someone with strong differences of opinion? 
  • Do you ever feel stuck between arguments or avoidance?  
  • Are there important topics to you that are “off-limits” with certain friends or family members?  

Come learn the Lost Art of Civil Discourse! 

Seven different sessions that explore how we think and talk about differences and practice dialogue rather than debate. In the first half of each session, small groups will talk about the potential benefits and difficulties inherent in listening to other people’s beliefs (with the help of a trained mediator and facilitator). In the second half, the groups will engage in exercises to practice what they’ve discussed in an environment less risky than a holiday dinner. 

Join us for one or more sessions:

  • 1:30-3:30 pm on February 12, March 11, April 8, and May 6, 2020
  • 6:00-8:00 pm on February 24, March 30, and April 27, 2020

Beaverton City Library, Room B (Except for the first session on 2/12 in Room A), 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005

RVSP appreciated but not required.

Free-of-cost and all are welcome. 

Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.

35 - Hour Basic Mediation Training

This training will introduce participants to the themes, practices and skills of becoming a mediator in the community. Mediation is a confidential process in which an impartial person, a mediator, helps two or more parties voluntarily work towards a mutually acceptable agreement. Students will learn how to communicate with the parties during case development and mediation, promote understanding, and facilitate the problem solving discussion that helps resolve the dispute. 

Dates: February 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 2020

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $375

If you need financial assistance to attend and you plan to utilize your mediation skills to benefit your community, you are eligible to apply for a Community Mediator Scholarship.  Recipients will be chosen based on self-reported financial need and explanation of how skills will be applied to benefit others in their community. Community can be any group of people you associate with and are a part of culturally-specific, neighborhood, faith-based, etc.  Scholarship recipients can attend the training for $100. Scholarship application is part of the registration.

Registration is required

Location: Beaverton Council Chambers – Beaverton Building