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Spirituality & Religion

Here are all of the resources in this category that NCDD recommends most highly.

Regis University - The Institute on the Common Good Highly Recommended

Regis University's Institute on the Common Good sponsors public and private forums for the discussion of significant social issues. Its intent is to promote the long-term good of the greater community of Denver and the Rocky Mountain West through the discovery of common ground for addressing these issues.

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Talking Across the Divide Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Colleen O'Connor, Denver Post Staff Writer. Denver Post, August 29, 2004.

This long article on political polarization in the U.S., which was published in the Denver Post two months before NCDD’s 2004 conference was held in Denver, quotes several NCDDers. Here is an excerpt from the article: “Most people in both political parties want the same things: safety, security, beauty, liberty, strong families and healthy neighborhoods. The best way to achieve these goals, experts say, is meaningful conversation about tough issues across the partisan divide.”

The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace Highly Recommended

M. Scott Peck, M.D.. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1987.

Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, explores how the nature of community can be recognized by the vulnerability, honesty, and theological cultural inclusiveness of its participants. Born of a yearning for world peace, this book draws analogies between the ways communities emerge and the dynamics of individual spiritual development.

The Pitfalls of Dialogue Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Jonathan Kuttab. Conflict Resolution Center International Newsletter, January 1998, pp 25-26, 1998.

This article, written by a Palestinian attorney with many years of dialogue experience, describes some common problems with intergroup dialogue and suggests some basic solutions. Kuttab says at the end of the article, "I have written some harsh words about dialogue and its pitfalls; yet I am still a firm believer in it. Peace, justice and reconciliation can be advanced tremendously by an open dialogue between members of the oppressed group and those who are willing among the oppressor society."

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