Virtual Civity trainings focus on Nebraska City, Hastings, and Fremont

Small Towns

Jordan Feyerherm, community development manager,, 402.580.1516; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – Community leaders in Nebraska City, Hastings, and Fremont, and the surrounding areas, are invited to free, online events hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

“These trainings are designed to deepen conversations, storytelling and story-listening, put differences on the table, and fold in conversation across differences in community gatherings,” said Jordan Feyerherm, community development manager with the Center for Rural Affairs.

“Civity: Supporting Connection & Conversation Across Differences” will be held for those in the Nebraska City area on Tuesday, Jan. 26; in the Hastings area on Tuesday, Feb. 23; and in the Fremont area on Tuesday, Mar. 30. Each event will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Although the trainings will be area specific, anyone can join in.

“Using the Civity Method, we explore engaging in deeper conversation across difference with empathy, respect, and civility,” Feyerherm said. “Transitioning from an ‘us and them’ mindset to an inclusive ‘us’ mindset. When people have the sense that we are in this together—when they feel confident reaching out to and connecting with others—differences become springboards rather than barriers.”

Registration is required by noon the day before each event; visit to sign up.

For more information, contact Feyerherm at or 402.580.1516.

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