A liberal and conservative will spearhead a discussion called “Guns, from Debate to Dialogue’’ from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in the Montana Tech Student Union Building.
The mediators, who have completely different views, are Rose Everett-Martin, Butte, who comes from a conservative Christian background, and Linda Gryczan, Helena, a longtime liberal activist.
The project is sponsored by the Montana Mediation Association and the Public Conversations Project of Boston. They will demonstrate that Montanans can constructively engage around issues even when if they disagree.
The event begins Friday evening, Nov. 7, in Butte, with 12 to 18 invited community leaders will participate in a dialogue lead by Bob Stains of the Public Conversations Project. On Saturday, Stains will train these participants to facilitate dialogues. That evening, they will lead a conversation for the Butte community. The discussion will be in small groups with a mix of people who self identify their views on guns as red, blue or purple.
“Whether you favor Second Amendment rights, support gun control, or are somewhere in between, you are welcome to the discussion,” said Everett-Martin. “All we ask is that you come not to convince anyone of your views, but to understand.’’
Participants are asked to pre-register by sending an email to email@example.com with their name and a one-sentence description of their views on this topic.
“Our intention is for these leaders to facilitate a different kind of dialogue the next time Butte faces controversy,” the women said in a news release.
The project is supported by Humanities Montana.