ELLSWORTH — A group of residents has organized a facilitated discussion of the U.S. Constitution. The conversation will take place Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Ellsworth High School.
The event, part of a Maine-wide series of gatherings designed to bridge political divides, will feature snacks from Flexit and live music by The Jazz Collective.
The afternoon’s topic is “What does the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights mean to you?” Organizers anticipate the discussion ranging into gun rights, health care, immigration, states’ rights and the separation of church and state, among other subjects.
The organizing committee is deliberately bipartisan, communicating the message that individuals with different perspectives can still understand and respect one another’s views. Republicans on the committee are former state Rep. Richard Malaby of Hancock and Trenton Selectmen Chairman Fred Ehrlenbach. The Democrats are Shep Erhart of Ellsworth, Leslie Harlow of Ellsworth and Doug Bunker of Franklin.
Their aim is to host a civil discussion where participants listen to “the other side” and speak their minds without risk of personal criticism.
“We want to get beyond the bumper sticker,” Bunker said.