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Date: September 29, 2005 Location: Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Agnes Flanagan Chapel

Open Spaces: Speaking and Listening Across Political Differences
September 29, 7:00p.m. Agnes Flanagan Chapel
March 9, 2006, 7:00p.m. Location TBA

Right or Left? Conservative or Liberal? However labeled, one half of this nation disagrees strongly with the other half, and war is now writing our history. On September 29, a forum of eight communityleaders will participate in a public dialogue to identify areas of agreement, disagreement, and misunderstanding.

This public dialogue features eight community leaders from different walks of life: political, religious, business, and educational.

Participants include:

Hon. Elizabeth Furse, Former Congresswoman, 1st Congressional District
Kerry Tymchuk, State Director to U.S. Senator Gordon Smith
Dr. T. Allen Bethel, Senior Pastor, Maranatha Church of God, Portland
Rabbi Aryeh Hirshfield, Congregation P’nai Or, Portland
David Bell, Real Estate Developer, Portland
Stephen S. Carver, Chapman Chair of Biblical Studies, Warner Pacific College and author: “The UnGospel”
Sarah Bobich, School Psychologist, L&C alumna, 2005
Daymond Glenn, L&C Doctor of Education student

The first in a year-long series, this public event will be followed by five monthly seminars (Oct- Feb, open to community participation) and a second forum in March. The spring event will provide a structured opportunity for community members to gather for extending the year’s conversation toward a mutual statement regarding public dialogue.

The bi-partisan planning committee for the Open Spaces Seies has witnessed the public’s fatigue with the animosity and tension typifying public discourse. Abraham Lincoln’s observation nearly 150 years ago speaks to our current situation. As citizens of this country, “we are not enemies, but friends. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.”

We in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling invite all of you to join us in the Open Spaces Series-a vital discussion and confident exercise of democracy.

Sponsored by:
The Oregon Center for Inquiry and Social Innovation,
Graduate School of Education and Counseling

For further information, please contact The Oregon Center for Inquiry & Social Innovation–503 768-6099,

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