I get that it’s scary to talk about things like politics, immigration, gay marriage, etc. So here’s the fix: start with a topic that’s less scary, look up the questions and process on the Living Room Conversation website and have a go at it. It only takes a couple of hours (although once you’re in it most people want it to go on for longer) and it’s fun and rewarding. The conversation format is deliberately designed to build relationship and understanding, not provoke a war of words. While Living Room Conversations provides a structure, make this process your own; bring wine, have dinner, meet at a coffee shop, try it out with your faith community, the PTA, whatever. Just start facing the scary pale green pants – they really aren’t scary at all (truth be told, they don’t really exist). Your life, your relationships, and your community will be richer because of it.