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Building the relationships that make change possible.

We give people the means to strengthen relationships, deepen belonging, and renew hope in their communities.

Our Impact

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Building Trust Between Police and the Black Community in North Carolina

“As a black mother I participated because I want to save my son from harm, and I feared for our safety. I no longer have that fear—just a belief that my community is stronger.”

  • This wasn’t a policy debate [about guns]. Instead, two people whose backgrounds and views diverged in almost every way possible shared a moment of honesty that struck at the heart of the matter.

    Cricket Fuller, The Christian Science Monitor
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • It’s amazing how closely we can work together on certain projects and never know what about our faith motivates our work. This work deepened my appreciation for everyone who was there; hearing everyone's stories helped me to appreciate them more and the depth of their convictions, even when they’re convictions I don’t share.

    Paul Schupe, Hancock United Church of Christ
    Lexington, Massachusetts
  • I learned that I can build relationships, that I can be connected to anybody who I want to be connected to, no matter how difficult it is

    Romeo McCauley, Project Partner

A Guide to Conversations About the Role of Guns in American Life

This new free guide will help you gain a deeper understanding of different views, envision the proper role of guns in a given context, foster a sense of belonging, create the conditions for healing and support after a traumatic event—and it may lead directly to a collective decision, or lay the foundation for future decisions.

This resource is based on real conversations that have taken place among gun ownership and gun regulation advocates as well as people who don’t fit neatly into either of those labels.

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EP in the News: Let’s Build Trust Instead of Banning Books

“As someone who has spent more than 20 years teaching about religion to college students,” writes EP Academic Associate Jill DeTemple, a faculty member at Southern Methodist University, “I have seen the possibility and power of conversations that move from stuck talking points that reinforce entrenched positions to new exchanges that invite deep reflection and curiosity about others’ experiences.”

Recent Partners

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The Poynter Instittue
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Chatham Financial Services
American Library Association
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
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Lahey Behavioral Health Services
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