Respectful conversation on marriage amendment

Dear Editor:

How many times have you found yourself in a place like this:  Thanksgiving dinner with the family, a church council meeting, or an office water cooler gathering and you’re staring at the floor wondering what you can say when there is a freezer-like chill on a significant topic? This year, “Hey, how ‘bout those Twins,” isn’t working very well.

Community members are invited to a learning and practice time this Sunday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on how we can discuss significant issues without disliking each other, but through conversation can understand each other better.

Common Ground: A United Methodist Community located at 404 N. Cyprus in Cambridge is hosting A Respectful Conversation on the Marriage Amendment, a Minnesota Council of Churches program with Bush Foundation funding. All community members are invited to learn how to have conversations to explore issues where there are deeply held convictions. When we can hold these conversations, we strengthen our community’s civic life by enabling us to maintain and even improve relationships among those who disagree.

Common Ground is providing a simple meal for us to break bread together to begin these conversations. So we don’t have to have a miracle of loaves and fishes right here in Cambridge city, we are asking people to preregister either at or by calling Common Ground at 763-689-2071.

Fred Nolan and Ellen Siewert