WHY ARE WE SO DIVIDED AND WHAT CAN WE DO? with Dick Snyder
October 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
On January 6 the world witnessed the unimaginable: the storming of the United States’ Capitol by enraged and disaffected people demanding that the results of the presidential election be investigated or even overturned. Long after the current President has left office, the rage and distrust continue. We are a nation divided. These terrifying events have caused many to wonder who we are and what we can do to end the unraveling.
A Future Without Walls: Confronting Our Divisions by T. Richard Snyder, PhD, is essential reading for those who long for an end to the nightmare and who hope for a new era.
A Future Without Walls is born of Dick’s half-century of commitment to social justice and weaves analysis, personal story and paths forward throughout. The insurrection of January 6 is not an aberration but rather a logical outcome to the dividing of our people into good and evil, them and us, privileged and oppressed. It is both a lamentation for the tragedy of our polarization and a clarion call for justice. The book analyses the entangled connections between the roots, forms and consequences of those divisions, sets forth the moral imperative to embrace rather than exclude, and offers concrete actions to help dismantle the walls and create a hopeful future.
Snyder is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics and former academic dean at New York Theological Seminary, and upon retiring to Maine served for two years as academic dean of Bangor Theological Seminary. He founded the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, co-founded the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and has served on numerous local and state-wide boards. A former resident of both Northport and Camden, he and his wife currently live in Topsham.