‘Make Shift Coffee House’ invites civil political conversation at Camden Public Library
CAMDEN — Neighbors are talking across the political divide. They are talking and listening at Make Shift Coffee Houses up and down Maine. They gather to hear each other's views and to hang out. They hear each other's comments on the role of government, taxes, morality, guns, patriotism and however do we know what to believe?
The next Make Shift Coffee House will be in Camden, May 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and refreshments, live music by “The Extension Chords,” three Camden Hills Regional High School student musicians, real conversation and, of course, coffee will be served.
Craig Freshley of Good Group Decisions, founder of Make Shift Coffee House, will facilitate discussions in which participants are urged to speak from experience, to listen to understand, to refrain from criticism while everyone gets a turn.
Make Shift Coffee Houses are held on college campuses, in grange halls, church halls, and school cafeterias, as well as in libraries. Each Make Shift Coffee House includes a full group facilitated discussion followed by informal small group conversations that often go past closing time into the parking lot and beyond for days and weeks.
For more information, contact Craig Freshley, 207-729-5607, Craig@Freshley.com, or visit MakeShiftCoffeeHouse.com.
Participants who have attended past programs report:
"Sharing personal stories diffused much of the emotion surrounding the issues discussed. We were able to lay down our 'weapons' of position politics."
" I recently participated in a Make Shift Coffee House in Hallowell. It was filled with people supporting the Democratic, Republican and Libertarian parties and Independents.
It was a first for me to be in a room with so much political diversity."
" I am inspired and encouraged by this growing community effort."
"I found Craig's calm, yet insightful moderating strategies refreshing in today's turbulent political climate."
The volunteer hosts and the presenter say all are invited and all will be welcomed.