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Thursday, May 18 | Challenging Our Implicit Biases

>Dialogue leader: Dr. David Parker
Director, Center for Creating Community
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Implicit bias refers to an automatic association people may make about groups of people along with stereotypes about those groups. In some situations, the automatic associations may influence behavior which can result in a person responding in a biased way even when they are not explicitly prejudiced. Over a course of time this can erode the relationship between members of the various communities in which we are active.

In this interactive conversation, we will examine the influence of implicit bias on understanding and working with contemporary social justice issues as they manifest in our lives. 
About David: Dr. Parker’s life's work is dedicated to creating and sustaining inclusive environments, which led him to create the Center for Creating Community. He has worked with organizations …
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Thursday, April 20 | What a Physicist has to Say About Earth Day

Dialogue leader: Dr. Robert DaviesPhysicist/Research & Education Associate, Utah State University
Mark & Elizabeth England's
1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: We live in the an age in which humans have become the single biggest force for change throughout Earth’s biosphere. The Anthropocene is a time of planetary climate disruption and the Sixth Great Extinction. Across oceans, atmosphere and land; water, life and ice humanity is engaged in a wholesale dismantling of our life support system.

Clearly, recycling and listening to TED talks is not enough. But what is enough?  And how can each of us move forward with any hope for meaningful action? The engines of destruction are strong ― so strong, says activist and deep ecologist  Joanna Macy, “they’re hard to look at!” And so tonight we explore: What is the mindset that moves us forward… and how do we find this mindset? 
About Dr. Davies: Dr. Robert Davies is a physicist and pu…

Friday, March 17 | Finding Your Zen In Polarized Politics and Religion

Dialogue leader: Thomas McConkie
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Whether your attention is drawn to the toxic climate of U.S. politics, or your sights are set closer to home on the significant social issues facing Mormonism, never before have there been so many strident and differing viewpoints competing in the same space.  What if we could hold our stories more lightly, though? What if we could find a space within ourselves expansive enough to hold all these divergent views with both courage and compassion? Join us for a walk on the contemplative side at our March Think Again. Lifelong meditator and facilitator, Thomas McConkie, will guide a process to help bring greater clarity to your convictions as well as a deeper humility to allow others to do the same. For times that feel increasingly insane, finding your Zen in thoughtful community could be just the tonic.
About Thomas: Thomas is t…

Thursday, February 16 | Where and How Do Refugees Find Refuge?

Dialogue leader: Tiffany Ivins, moderator of a panel of local refugees
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.

Discussion: It's one thing to talk about refugees and what is best for them—or for what is best for host countries taking them in. It's another thing to actually talk to refugees and hear their stories and ask them questions. Especially refugees affected by President Trump's recent executive order. That's what we will do at this next Think Again thanks to Tiffany Ivins suggestion and her creation of a panel of refugees that she will moderate. 
Tiffany and her husband Mitchell originated our Think Again group. They both have vast experience seeking to improve educational opportunities among women and children in far away places. Tiffany has a doctorate in instructional psychology and technology and is an International development consultant with experience in Asia, Africa & Latin Am…

Thursday, January 19 | Running Up For Air

Dialogue leader: Jared Campbell
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.

Discussion: Simple idea: Breathing clean air makes for better health and a better quality of life. Dirty air creates all kinds of health problems especially effecting children, seniors, and those with asthma and allergies. Studies have also shown a correlation with slower brain function, ADHD and Autism. All this without even touching the effects of greenhouse gasses and climate change. 

What can be done? Actually a lot, as demonstrated by Jared Campbell. Jared will share what he has personally done—like building a modest, cost-effective net-positive passive solar home as well as other lifestyle choices, as well as making a very public plea through his annual "Running Up For Air" endurance mountain challenge that he created to raise money in support of the fight for improved air quality for those who live along the Wasatch Front.…

Thursday, November 17 | Exploring Our Political Opponents

Thursday, November 17 , 7:30 pm  |  Dialogue leaders: Jacob Hess & Shelly Jenson
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.

Discussion: Simple idea: Spend some time seeking to understand and empathize with your political opposite. This evening will be most successful if we come prepared with some ground-work laid as well as an open mind and heart. Then come ready to enjoy a facilitated discussion regarding what we discovered and how we might help our community and nation following the election come together in policies and actions that will create a better tomorrow.  
Think Again has become a beloved community of mostly progressives and liberals. I would love to see us, especially following this election, seek greater understanding and reconciliation with those different than us. Even better, I'd love those same people we see at times as the "crazy other" to be a part of our community and help u…

Thursday, October 20 | Reloaded: Brain science: Myths, applications, and methods for better living

Thursday, October 20 , 7:30 pm  |  Dialogue leader: Kellie Yates
Mark & Elizabeth England's home at 1194 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. Late-comers, please use the back door.
Discussion: Last month, we were set to have Kelly come but she suffered an accident on the way to our group. We've arranged a police escort this time around to ensure her safe arrival.
While much progress has ben made in recent years regarding brain science and its application, myth and misunderstanding too often get in the way of truth.  In this discussion we will learn what has been discovered, why and how we can use neuroscience to increase understanding of ourselves and others, and other brain basics which can help maximize learning and retention.
Topics for discussion include brain biology, diet, “tricks” for remembering things, keeping the brain active, and general brain health. 
About Kellie: (as written by husband, Walter Yates.)
Kellie learned to break the rules of learning first in kindergart…