In today’s increasingly polarized environment, it is increasingly difficult to communicate across the Political Divide and maintain relationships. How do we separate the personal and the political? It is particularly difficult when people that we care about are on the other side. How can we keep relationships with those with such differing versions of truth and reality? How can we connect without compromising our values? Does maintaining relationships lead to complicity in aberrant views? When is confrontation productive or necessary?
Randy Best has been a life-long member of Ethical Culture. Born in St. Louis, Randy grew up attending the St. Louis Ethical Society, where his mother is still an active member. Since 2016, Randy has served as the Leader of the Northern Virginia Ethical Society. He is also Dean of Leader Training for the American Ethical Union. Previously, he was Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle and the Ethical Society Without Walls.
Randy received a B.A. from Grinnell College and a Master’s Degree from Harvard University. He is a graduate of the Humanist Institute, a certified Mediator, and Pastoral Counselor. Randy divides his time between Northern Virginia and Durham North Carolina, where he lives with his wife Sarah Howe, a ceramic artist. They have four grown children whom they homeschooled.
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