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Civility

Acrimony plagues our society. Yet civility will re-emerge when we do all that is within our might not just to post opinions online but to get out alongside someone else and do all we can to make life better for everyone. […] Read More

Two campaigns inserted themselves into the U.S. political cycle on Sunday, both seeking to shake up the political scene in the run up to the 2020 election by returning civility and constructive dialogue to U.S. politics. […] Read More

We don’t like to have conversations about difficult topics in church. When done right, they can lead to refreshed ministries, deeper trust and greater opportunities for new connections and further gospel reach. […] Read More

European Baptists, who met recently in Ukraine, are a diverse lot. However, they have discovered that their diversity – while challenging at times – is actually a strength. […] Read More

We are nicer when we journey together. In writing about civility, Gil Rendle (“Behavioral Covenants in Congregations: A Handbook for Honoring Differences”) cites the work of Yale professor Stephen Carter, who argues that riding in a subway, bus or train full of strangers requires us to understand our obligations to treat one another with due […] Read More

How do we teach the next generation that disagreements don’t necessarily mean dislike? How can we help them learn to share their thoughts with gentleness and respect in a culture that seems to have no room for healthy public discourse? These questions emerged from a recent discussion with a group of ministers who dialogue in […] Read More

We all would acknowledge that recently our country has experienced a great deal of turmoil, pain and stress. What are we witnessing? A lack of civility in both discourse and behavior cuts across all strata of our society and extends even to the presidency itself. Prejudice and xenophobia threaten to become policy, in ways that […] Read More

Civil public discourse is becoming a lost art. This negative trend is exacerbated by social media platforms on which anyone, anywhere, anytime can express their opinion (informed, uninformed or misinformed) and where diatribe is replacing discussion. Oversimplification, feeling-driven statements, sound bites, one-liners and snarky, dismissive responses drive our public discourse while rational, detailed, fact-based, nuanced […] Read More

We live in a time when people seem to have a lot to say and say it with great conviction. This is good; we need to care about things. We sometimes, however, confuse having a reaction to something with really caring about it, caring to the point where we are willing to make a sacrifice. […] Read More

Ministry happens in the meantime and in the mean time. The meantime is a season of sometimes bewildering change and troubling transitions. It’s an interval between a past we know well and a future that isn’t yet clear and between a familiar way of doing things and an emerging way of doing them. One indication […] Read More