Learn about an approach and tools for creating a safe and trusting environment where issues of politics and faith can be thoughtfully discussed. Hear from the leaders of an adult studies class in which the participants are politically diverse (a purple church) and they have focused on discussions of current events, often involving controversial topics. Conversations are civil, enlightening, engaging and respectful. “Getting to this point has been deliberate and slow but is now a place where anyone can comfortably express their opinions about any number of issues that might be considered politically or religiously loaded. Diverse opinions are welcomed and given thoughtful consideration by others.”



Marvin Pritts has been a professor at Cornell University for 38 years.







Allison Pritts is a wound-care nurse at the local hospital.


Together they have been leading an active adult studies class at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses for more than a decade.