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Jan. 10 - League of Women Voters to host program on Civil Discourse on Jan. 18

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

January 10, 2018 - On Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 p.m. the League of Women Voters Coastal Georgia will host a program on Civil Discourse. The program, which takes place at the Collegiate Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 1802 Abercorn Street (at 34th), will feature speaker Michael Chaney.

Michael Chaney is an Episcopal priest and a professor of Film and Television at SCAD. His work as clergy, artist and educator focuses on building relationships across boundaries and finding common ground while honoring and celebrating diversity. With the Rev. Kevin Veitinger he founded Common Grounds, a weekly discussion and Eucharistic community at the Foundery Coffee Pub.

“Because of Michael Chaney’s success with Common Grounds, a community discussion group that delves into sometimes difficult and controversial topics, we felt he would be uniquely equipped to talk on the topic of civil discourse,” says Cuffy Sullivan, President, League of Women Voters Coastal Georgia. “In a time where civil discourse seems at an all-time low, we avoid discourse by retreating into groups of similarly-minded people or just avoiding important topics altogether.”

This topic is also important because the League of Women Voters believes that democracy thrives when citizens can discuss differing viewpoints amicably, listen and speak respectfully, strive to understand and be understood, keep an open mind, and focus on facts and evidence, and not on personalities or parties. A number of Leagues across the nation are offering similar programs on civic engagement, communication and discourse.

The program is free and open to the public.

To learn more about the League of Women Voters Coastal Georgia, visit lwvcga.org.

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