Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter, March 27, 2017 by Nicole Jennings:
In these times of disputes, drama and bad feelings at the national political level, it can seem preferable to avoid discussing current events with family, friends and colleagues so that a blow-up does not occur. But Sammamish activist group Plateaupians for Peace wants those conversations to occur — just in a tolerant and respectful way.
That’s the theme of the Plateaupians newest event on March 30, a civil disagreement workshop at the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sammamish. The Plateaupians are partnering with the Good Samaritan to host the seminar, which will educate attendees on how to have peaceful disagreements about politics.
Plateaupians co-founder Sarah Hawes Kimsey said that the workshop was necessary because “we need to learn how to listen better and to disagree” in a way that leads to finding common ground. “Instead of moving apart, we need to move together,” added Loreen Ehlers, a Plateaupian and member of the Episcopal church.