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When Friends Don't Share Politics: Timely Discussion Nov. 2


Facebook fights and Twitter tirades over political differences have brutalized more than a few friendships this election season. It raises the question, “Can civil discourse rise above the tumult?”

It can, say members of the Greenville Community Reconciliation Task Force, sponsor of “When Friends Don’t Share Politics,” a panel discussion. The timely conversation including Q&A takes place Monday, November 2, at 6 p.m. in Whitlock Center on Greenville University’s campus, and also by Zoom

Panel participants include members of the task force who have collaborated in recent months to bring important conversations on timely topics to the Greenville community. 

The public is welcome to attend free of charge.

Polar Opposites, Best of Friends

“The discussion will focus on how people who typically cannot agree on political ideology can still form worthwhile friendships with each other,” says discussion moderator Terrell Carter, chief diversity officer at GU. Carter cites the friendship forged by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia as examples. 

“They were polar opposites on the Supreme Court, but were best friends in real life.”

Carter’s broad background in leadership, ministry, and law enforcement has afforded him opportunities to engage with persons from all walks of life. He holds undergraduate degrees in biblical studies and organizational leadership, a master of fine arts, and a doctorate in ministry.

Public Invited: Social Distancing and Safety Protocols Observed

The University asks attendees to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health. These guidelines include wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and using hand sanitizer. 

For more information about “When Friends Don’t Share Politics,” email Terrell Carter at [email protected], or call 618-664-7009.

The Greenville Community Reconciliation Task Force embraces and creates opportunities for community members to grow together through education, respectful discourse, mutual accountability, and partnerships for change among citizens of Greenville and members of Greenville University. 

This story was published on October 22, 2020

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