The America We Want to Be

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America’s promise of Liberty, Opportunity, and Equality has drawn people from around the world.  We have been a magnet for people that have been persecuted.  Today there is a refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe.  Families are fleeing for their lives.  Nobody wants children to suffer.  Yet,they do.  Europe and the world is trying to respond to the needs of these families.  What is our role?


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here
A Living Room Conversation is designed to flow through 6 rounds; 5 rounds with questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Hopes and Concerns for The Future
Answer one or more of the following:

  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your personal and / or professional life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
  • What most concerns you about your community and/or the country right now and long-term?

Round Three: Hearing Each Other Out.
The focus of this round is to give us a chance to begin hearing each other out more deeply. Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer o​ne or two of the following questions:

  • What is the country or (countries) of origin for you and your family?  What brought you here?
  • Have you or anyone in your family ever altered your/their name, changed appearance or in some other way altered themselves to better “fit in"?   
  • Do you have concerns about your family’s safety?  If so what are you most worried about?  
  • How do you see the U.S. acting in the world?  How do you want the U.S to act?  
  • Is it possible to be welcoming of refugees and concerned about terrorists crossing borders?  If so, what kinds of solutions could address both considerations?

Round Four: What Are We Learning Here?
Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
  • What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:

  • What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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