BELFAST — On Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m., Belfast Free Library will host T. Richard Snyder, PhD, for a discussion titled “Why are We So Divided and What Can We Do About It?” The virtual talk will be held on Zoom. Preregister at

On Jan. 6, the world witnessed the storming of the U.S. Capitol by people demanding that the results of the presidential election be investigated or overturned. Long after the then president left office, the rage and distrust continue. We are a nation divided. These events have caused many to wonder who we are and what we can do to end the unraveling.

“A Future Without Walls: Confronting Our Divisions” by T. Richard Snyder, PhD, is essential reading for those who long for an end to the nightmare and who hope for a new era. Snyder says that “despite the tragedy of our divisions, there are steps that we can take as individuals, communities and society that can help bring us together. But, in order to act effectively, we must try to understand why we are so divided. If we do, we will not find perfection but we can find healing.”

Snyder is professor emeritus of theology and ethics and former academic dean at New York Theological Seminary, and upon retiring to Maine served for two years as academic dean of Bangor Theological Seminary. He founded the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, co-founded the Restorative Justice Institute of Maine and has served on numerous local and statewide boards.  A former resident of both Northport and Camden, he and his wife currently live in Topsham.

This program is co-sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast. All are welcome to join the discussion. For more information, call Belfast Free Library at 338-3884, ext. 10.