Disagreeing Well: Get Your Spirit in Shape
It’s no secret that people disagree, sometimes vehemently. When our opinions match, it is easy to have a conversation. When we are on opposite sides of an issue, talking can be far more challenging, but often more fruitful. In a time when opinions are strong in both our public and church lives, learning to disagree well is important.
To learn some techniques for disagreeing well, we talked with the Rev. Bo Sanders, a United Methodist pastor who leads his congregation in weekly conversations about a variety of topics. Bo shares great tips for getting out of our “echo chambers,” and learning to listen and talk to those with whom we disagree.
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The Rev. Bo Sanders
- Vermont Hills United Methodist Church, where Bo serves
- Public Theology – Bo’s blog
- Peacing it All Together – Bo’s podcast
Resources to learn more
- United Methodist Discipleship Ministries offers resources for Courageous Conversations.
- Theological Guidelines: Scripture, tradition, experience and reason
- In this episode, Bo references The Argument Culture by Deborah Tannen.
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This episode posted on September 18, 2018.