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Untying the Knots of Polarization in America

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Writing for your LifeFriday, June 29
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Freewill Offering
Mike McGillicuddy


In our world today, many of us are feeling the pain of division. It seems that discussions turn into arguments as we see people divided into different sides, often along the lines of religious and political affiliations.  Many of us feel stuck in the argument without a clear path forward.  In this workshop we will explore the causes of polarization and how you can move past it to meaningful dialogue that builds relationships with others, increases understanding, and moves the conversation forward.  We will also explore how our spiritual traditions can support us in this work.  Don’t miss this opportunity to discover concrete ways that you can become a peacemaker in your daily interactions with others.

Mike McGillicuddy was raised in an Irish American family and attended Catholic schools K-16. Upon graduation from high school he entered the DeLaSalle Christian Brothers. As a college student in Memphis he marched with Martin Luther King and taught for a year after graduation. He was immediately drafted when he left the Brothers. An injury in basic training spared him from Vietnam and dispatched him instead to graduate school, first in sociology, later in industrial relations and social work. 43 years ago he married Mary Muldoon, surely the best decision he ever made, and added the awesome responsibilities of family man to worker.  His career was an unusual one: government service followed by many years as a financial planner and a psychiatric social worker. He retired a year ago but remains actively engaged as an Ignatian Volunteer and as a grandfather to three. Polarization and its discontents have been a constant companion for the last 50 years of his journey. His four principal takeaways are that polarization is intensifying at an alarming rate, that communication across cultural and religious divides often intensify this polarization, that many of us are wounded from culture war conflicts, and that we need to a whole new skill set in order to begin the healing process.

June 29th, 2018 6:00 PM

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