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West Michigan Civil Conversation Project explores “The Common Good” in first public conversation
West Michigan Civil Conversation Project explores “The Common Good” in first public conversation

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- The first gathering of the West Michigan Civil Conversation Project (WMCCP) will be held Tuesday, February 21, at the Loutit District Library from 7:00-8:45 p.m in the program rooms A and B.

In this month’s inaugural gathering, participants will discuss the topic: The Common Good: E Pluribus Unum?

The project is an organized response to the growing lack of civility in our public discourse—books that demonize the author’s opponents, TV and talk-radio pundits who shout much and hear little, defamatory letters in the local paper, and more. It is intended to provide a place and process by which people can learn and practice the ability to discuss important issues with those who have differing viewpoints—and to do so with mutual respect and civility.

The Civil Conversation Project was the brainchild of local residents Richard Kamischke and Cathy Feyt, and is supported by the Loutit District Library, the League of Women Voters, and the Progressive Women’s Alliance-Lakeshore.

The WMCCP is open to the public and will meet throughout the year on the third Tuesday of the month (with a summer recess in July and August) to discuss a wide range of topics selected for their potential to inspire diverse perspectives and their relevance to current events.

For more information about the project, send an email at wmcivilconversation@gmail.com or on Facebook by searching for the West Michigan Civil Conversation Project.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,510 residents from the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public Schools District. For more information, call 616-842-5560, ext. 222 or visit www.loutitlibrary.org.