The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) ~ Season 1

The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) ~ Season 1

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Voices of Civility (Season 1)

Words That Shimmer
"Are we not of interest to each other? What if the mightiest word is love?"
Sidling Up to Difference
"What is it for one to have a life of significance?"
Listening Beyond Life and Choice
"What can I see that is good in the position of the other? What troubles me in my own position?"
Restoring Political Civility — An Evangelical Perspective
"What is it about people like me that scare you so much? What is it about what you are advocating that worries me so much?"
Civility, History, and Hope
"Is America possible?"
Alive Enough: Reflecting on Our Technology
"What is served by having an always-on, always-on you, open-to-anyone-who-wants-to-reach-us way of life?"
The Vitality of the Struggle
"When have I changed, and why? What is the nature of my voice in the wider world? How do I use it?"

Selected Readings

Pertinent Posts from the Being Blog

During the month before the High Holy Days, it's Jewish tradition to read Psalm 27, writes our guest contributor. She reflects on turning inward and the struggle of preparing for quiet reflection.

One author's view of the aftermath of expulsion from the garden of Eden.

About the Project

The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) — ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

Season 2 (2012)
Season 1 (2011)

CCP is a series of radio shows and an online resource for beginning new conversations in families and communities. How do we speak the questions we don't know how to ask each other? Can we find ways to bridge gulfs between us about politics, morality, and life itself? Can we do that even while we continue to disagree, passionately? How is technology playing into all this, and how can we shape it?

This series features seven voices of wisdom, poetry, and practicality: poet Elizabeth Alexander, philosopher Anthony Appiah, abortion rights activist Frances Kissling, Evangelical educator Richard Mouw, civil rights veteran Vincent Harding, MIT psychologist and technologist Sherry Turkle, and naturalist and writer Terry Tempest Williams. In conversation with Krista Tippett, they model new kinds of conversation and relationship with difference. They offer ideas and tools for healing our fractured civic spaces.

Special Funding