Conservatism and the Call of Common Creed

When times are good, when institutions are stable and prosperity abundant, it may be that we are less likely to ask fundamental questions about values

Walking the Line

Can we be honest with each other about our feelings while protecting one another from the hurt that this honesty might engender?

A Better Angels Benefit – New Friends

I joined Better Angels to help depolarize America – to help America. I am finding that in the process I am expanding my circle of friends – some red, some blue – and that is a real “Better Angles” benefit – that benefits me as much as benefits America.

with John Wood, Jr. and Ciaran O'Connor

A Deeper Look at Immigration & the BA State of the Union


John and Ciaran dive back into the government shutdown and immigration debate, imagining a new way forward. J and C also announce the Better Angels State of the Union event, two days after President Trump’s SOTU and the Democratic response, in Washington D.C.

Conservatism and the Call of Common Creed

When times are good, when institutions are stable and prosperity abundant, it may be that we are less likely to ask fundamental questions about values in society.

Better Angels Debates

A Better Angels Debate is a highly structured conversation in which a group of people think together, listen carefully to one another, and allow themselves to be touched and perhaps changed by each other’s ideas.

Better Angels Convention

Charles Gupton Productions, 7/3/2018 This film captures the sentiments of the delegates of Better Angels, an organization focused on bringing together Americans from both sides

Our Crown Jewels, Untended

A little walk in the woods in America’s National Parks could help remind us what we’re here for.

How We Are Divided

American politics has grown increasingly polarized over the past 20 years, degenerating after the 2016 election and in the Trump

Finding Our Better Angels

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA), – 6/20/18 A year ago, I was a stovepiped blue looking for reds, any reds, to

Why Come to the Table?

Immediately after the 2016 presidential election, in the thick doldrums of what for me and many of my friends was a genuine tragedy, I started to talk about empathy. I had been finding it tough to come to terms with the beliefs of some of the people I cared about in my life, but I was at least having conversations with them.

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