Discussion resources for starting
a conversation in your community.

NOW AVAILABLE—THE 2022-2023 CSS! Topics include: 

1. Abortion
2. Synodality & the Laity
3. Building Bridges with the LGBTQ Community
4. Women in the Church
5. War & Conflict

6. Traditionis custodes
7. A Dorothy Day Charism
Climate Change & Ecological Conversion


Each series includes comprehensive discussion materials for eight topics selected and curated by Commonweal's editors and writers. Only one PDF purchase is needed per group. Look inside a sample topic to see what you're buying. 

Both Individual topics and complete series are available for purchase.


Commonweal's Conversation Starter Series (or CSS) is an annual discussion guide resource ideal for fostering thoughtful dialogue in your parish, classroom, book club, or Commonweal Local Community. Perfectly adaptable for both virtual and in-person conversation, the CSS is available for download in PDF format so that you can share this resource with your discussion group right away.

Curated and written by Commonweal's editors and writers, each series features 8 topical guides with all of the resources you'll need to start a conversation, including background information, readings materials, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

Each of the eight topics in this annual series features: 

  • An introduction to the issue's history and current relevance
  • Reading materials to deepen familiarity with the topic
  • Discussion questions to help you unpack the readings
  • Suggestions for further reading if the group—or an individual—is inclined

Click here to look inside a sample topic!


Topics can also be purchased individually with our à la carte option.

For a free discussion guide that accompanies the current issue of Commonweal, please visit our issue discussion guides at cwlmag.org/discuss

Commonweal Local Communities, or CLCs, are discussion groups comprised of Commonweal readers and friends who meet for conversation in cities across the country.  Green dots on the map below show where CLCs meet. 

To learn more or sign up, click here.

For questions about Commonweal Local Communities, please contact us at clc@commonwealmagazine.org.

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