Conversation. Space.

The recent U.S. election results has lead to strong emotions, and a sense of a nation divided. Some are happy, some are elated, some are concerned and some are fearful. As individuals we need to be able truly hear and understand those with whom we disagree. As a nation, we need to have share these individual conversations widely. 

By The Rivers is launching a conversation series to bring all views together for respectful dialogue, called "Conversation. Space.” 

It begins with one-to-one dialogue with two people who have different reactions to the election. We will be hosting many such dialogues, and then sharing them as podcasts.  

We are seeking people from all points of the political spectrum who are able to articulate their view and listen openly to another. 

Our goal is to understand, not convince, the other person. 

If you are interested in being part of these dialogues, please contact for details.

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By The Rivers is a multi-faith and interfaith life cycle and learning center, designed for the unaffiliated and affiliated alike. We offer engaged learning in a welcoming environment. We are a gathering of master teachers and talented clergy who help individuals connect with their religious tradition, learn about other traditions, and participate in the community by bringing a greater understanding between faiths, and doing social justice work. 


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The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.
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