Following the Supreme Court ruling last week, the divide in Utah and across the nation remains intense. Instead of healing conversations, however, average Americans continue to be inundated with a political discourse full of anger, attacks and growing fear.
Today, Village Square Salt Lake City announces broadly a plan to help personally facilitate 100 healing conversations for Utah residents this summer.
In doing so, we acknowledge that some people are weary and impatient to stop talking about this. As John Backman wrote last week, "In dialogue after dialogue, controversy after controversy, I've heard people all over the spectrum of politics and faith lose their cool and just want it done. Some of them hope that, if they can close the door on the issue, the people on the other side will go away" (See How Do We "Move on" After the Supreme Court Ruling?)
While this kind of a need for space among some should be respected, it's important to realize that others may need something more to find healing. In my own Huffington Post blog last week, I shared more of why we are hoping to invite these healing conversations in a country so deeply conflicted (See Celebrating (and Mourning) Marriage's Evolution in America). In a previous article, Tracy Hollister and I wrote about our universally positive experiences bringing together Mormons and their neighbors in the LGBT community in similar healing conversations (see From Aversion to Affection).