November 3, 2017. By Danielle E. Gaines email@example.com
Former Maryland delegate and gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur was in Frederick on Thursday for a workshop through her new nonprofit that melds spirituality and civic duty. Launched earlier this month, Mizeur’s latest endeavor is MizMaryland/Soul Force Politics, a nonprofit meant to bridge the divides in the current partisan political environment. The organization is “dedicated to connecting our political discourse and civic actions with the guidance, strength, and clarity of our soul’s force for good in the world.”
Mizeur developed the concept after retreating to her farm on the Eastern Shore after her 2014 gubernatorial bid. After the election of 2016, she decided to put the concept in action. “That campaign itself, for the whole year, it was really nasty and ugly. And I kept observing our civil discourse falling lower and lower and lower,” Mizeur said Thursday. “For me, MizMaryland/Soul Force Politics is an offering to bridge the political divides. To eliminate the ‘us vs. them’ approach to politics. And instead find some common ground — and higher ground.”
Mizeur was hosting a “Discovering Your Inner Wonder Woman” workshop in Frederick on Thursday, one of 10 she’s holding across the state. A Montgomery County workshop is scheduled for Nov. 15.
But MizMaryland is intended to be a nonpartisan, non-political group for all genders, Mizeur said.
It’s a point that comes through in MizMaryland’s podcasts, Mizeur said. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was among her first guests. For the better part of an hour, they discuss mostly issues on which they agree. “But even where we disagree, we’re modeling a civil discourse that shows you can disagree without being disagreeable, that there’s more that unites us than divides us,” Mizeur said Thursday. “We’re going to continue to have vast differences of opinions on a range of issues, but I don’t have to be nasty when I interact with him, and vice versa. He and I can show that we respect each other.”
Other podcast guests have included retired U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) and musician Melissa Etheridge.
I asked Mizeur if she ever sees herself running for political office again. “I’m only about to be 45 years old. It’s too young to say never. That’s not what my focus is right now,” she said. “In the same way that I never thought I’d be launching a nonprofit organization bringing spirituality and politics together, I don’t have any plans right now to run for office down the road. And yet I know it’s in my DNA. Who knows?”
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