civilizing our conversations

these upcoming weeks before the general election can be fruitful or frustrating– or probably a combination of the two. i found this promise from the bishops conference that is a step in the right direction. here it is:

i can control my own actions, words and what i type. we can live out our faith in many ways, here is a framework and promise that i can promise in order to live with the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the messiness of political conversations we will have:

1. Civility
To recognize the human dignity of those with whom I disagree, treat others with respect, and rise above attacks when directed at me.


2. Clarity
To root my political viewpoints in the Gospel and a well formed conscience, which involves prayer, conversation, study and listening. I will stand up for my convictions and speak out when I witness language that disparages others’ dignity, while also listening and seeking to understand others’ experiences. 

3. Compassion
To encounter others with a tone and posture which affirms that I honor the dignity of others and invites others to do the same. I will presume others’ best intentions and listen to their stories with empathy.  I will strive to understand before seeking to be understood.

i hope that the Spirit will move through us all towards the common good for our country– especially as we prepare to elect the people who will lead and serve us in office.

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