Though we may sometimes stumble through it, civil engagement with the other side is an enriching endeavor. A vision for safe spaces for generous conversation, in creativity, coffee shops, and the thick of life.
The wisdom we yearn for abounds in quiet spaces of dignity. Trent Gilliss with writings on our need for rhetoric of acceptance, the spirituality inherent in our given and chosen families, and the birth of a book years in the making.
Politics can divide more often than unite. But, deep involvement in the civic sphere doesn't mean we have to sacrifice empathy and civility.
The recent suicide of Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich has many discussing the bullying nature of politics. In a powerful sermon by former U.S. Senator John Danforth, he calls for an end to what politics has become.
A lapsed Catholic takes heart in Pope Francis' words as he considers his role as a journalist and a media consumer.
Sally Kohn offers a vision of how we can better communicate with others who don't share our perspectives and ideas. The way in? Emotional correctness rather than political correctness.
Election Day Communion, a noble effort aimed at our healing our fractured civic spaces by bringing together congregations on the day of the vote.
As a social media nerd and a nonprofit worker with a heart for Africa, the past month has been fascinating. In that time we have witnessed the rise of the “KONY 2012” campaign and the fall of the mastermind behind it, Jason Russell.
On March 5th, an organization named Invisible Children launched an online movement to make Joseph Kony, a Ugandan war criminal and rebel leader known for his use of child soldiers, famous. The goal was to bring so much attention to him that governments would work together to bring about his arrest. Invisible Children produced a sleek thirty-minute video presenting this idea. The video went viral, racking up more than 86 million views.
Listening is not about silence, or passivity. It is the only way to inform and deepen our answers while formulating better questions of ourselves and others.
Who are living examples demonstrating the power of nonviolence? A guest contribution from Margaret Benefiel.
Our own civil conversation about our editorial content.
A compilation of our live-tweets from Krista's interview with Richard Mouw.
Another kind of contribution to civility, an act of care for "despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don't think they have a future" from syndicated columnist Dan Savage.
A riveting piece from Religion Dispatches on an Mormon elder's apology over the LDS Church's activism on Prop 8.