Report on NIF Forum Activity: Climate Choices

When people gather with friends, neighbors, and fellow community members to deliberate on shared problems, they often report that they are exposed to ideas and perspectives they hadn’t previously entertained. They also often say that they leave the deliberative forums, not with completely changed minds, but “thinking differently” nonetheless. 

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Read the Blog Post by Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade - "Applying the Dialogical Lens to the Parable of the Rich Fool"

In a July 31, 2019 blog post titled Applying the Dialogical Lens to the Parable of the Rich Fool, the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade writes:

In a survey of 1200 mainline Protestant preachers I conducted two years ago, I asked what social issues they were willing to address in their sermons. 

I listed 38 topics for them to choose from, and the results turned up an interesting paradox.

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Margaret Holt Leads Session on Moderating at the National Archives, Washington, DC

Veteran National Issues Forums moderator and convener, Margaret Holt led a pre-conference session on moderating forums for members of the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC). The session was held on May 8, 2019 at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

The 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. session was titled Convening and Moderating a Deliberative Forum and was described as follows in the conference materials:

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