Coffee Conversations 

at First Parish of Sudbury

What are the takeaways from our first 250 years as a country? 

What exemplifies the good, the bad, and the ugly of it all? 

How do we heal divisions and plan for the future?

In anticipation of the forthcoming REV250 activities across the region in 2025 & 2026, Athina's programming, including Coffee Conversations, will tackle these questions throughout 2024 by focusing on American Political Institutions, Documents, and Principles, their role in our history,  and their ability (or inability) to sustain us going into the next 250 years. 

Coffee Conversations (1) take place at First Parish of Sudbury on the last Thursday of each month from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Participation is FREE and open to the public (registration is not required). 

Each conversation has a theme with curated questions, and Athina facilitators manage the flow of activities. We meet in the First Parish Community Room (2nd floor), and light refreshments are served. 

Themes for the first half of 2024:

To allow for a rich discussion that is inclusive and respectful, all participants must agree to the following Values and Guidelines:

Practice Active Listening

The road to dialogue(2) is more about listening than talking. This is an opportunity to build this critical skill in a conversational setting. It is also a way to learn more about the experiences and perspectives of others.

Suspend Judgment

Judgment is a considerable obstacle to dialogue building. We all hold assumptions and implicit bias, and this creates judgment. Setting aside your assumptions and judgment can open you up to new possibilities. Practice active listening by focusing on what others say without interruption or unsolicited advice. 

Speak from Your Experience

Please speak for yourself only, based on your own experience, not on others or a group. To learn more about the experiences of others, make space and allow others to share their experiences. 


Be thoughtful in what you wish to share by THINKing before speaking. Is what you want to say…






Step Up, Step Back

We all benefit from hearing different perspectives. If you tend to dominate a discussion or notice that some people are not sharing, step back to make space for the quiet voices. Conversely, if you often hold back, be brave—step up and share your perspective. 

Be Responsible

We are all responsible for holding each other accountable. If you notice someone not adhering to the guidelines, gently speak up or motion for the facilitator. 

This program is organized and facilitated by Athina Education 

in partnership with First Parish of Sudbury.