A workshop designed to breach the political divide is planned for Sunday.

Better Angels, a national bipartisan citizens’ movement that strives to unify America, will present a free workshop to teach skills for having political conversations across the partisan divide, according to a news release. The workshop will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m on June 30 in the large meeting room of the Westminster branch library at 50 E. Main St. VOCAL Carroll County — a group that advocates for ethical and just principles, policies, and officials in local government, according to its website — is hosting the event.

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“In today’s polarized environment, political conversations often turn angry and counterproductive. The skills taught in Communicating Across the Political Divide will help participants listen and understand without arguing to build trust, clarify disagreements, and find common ground based on common values and humanity,” the release states.

“Since one of VOCAL’s key priorities is ‘to embrace nonpartisan community building, rejecting divisiveness,’ this program is a great fit for our group’s purposes,” said VOCAL member Bruce Calvert, who is working with Better Angels to organize the workshop.

Walk-ins are welcome as space allows, but attendees are asked to pre-register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communicating-across-the-political-divide-free-workshop-tickets-62377937089.

“Recent polls show that a majority of Americans feel our country is more divided than ever, and increasingly view members of the opposite political party as not just wrong — but bad people. At the same time, Americans are increasingly divided into bubbles and echo chambers with limited exposure to ‘the other side,’ consuming news that confirms their opinions and stereotypes,” the release states.

“By creating opportunities for meaningful discussions, Better Angels works to dial down the heated rhetoric that gets in the way of real conversations and accurate understanding of our differences. The objective is not to push an agenda or change participant’s minds, but rather to provide a safe place for deeper understanding,” according to the release.

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