A divided country. Disagreements at the dinner table. Political vitriol. What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a climate?
As Catholics, we have a long tradition of engagement in the political process as a means of putting our faith into action. We are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with vitriol and harsh language, often directed at people themselves.
When personal attacks replace honest debate, no one wins. This kind of attack, no matter the reason, only serves to further divide our communities. As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to join the Civilize It campaign by taking the pledge below as a way to promote civility, love our neighbors, and build community.
Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. We are called to recognize that each one of us is a beloved child of God and to respond in love to that reality. Civilize It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even when we disagree, and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward.
Take the pledge below as an individual, family, or community. Anyone and everyone can commit together to honoring human dignity through civil conversation.
Find this pledge and other resources and prayers at civilizeit.org
As we near the Election this Year, it is important to share conversations in a meaningful way with CIVILITY, COMPASSION AND CLARITY
Civil dialogue can best be defined as the ability to enter meaningful conversation with people whose viewpoints may be different from our own, who have a different background or experiences, or who come to
a different conclusion about the best way to promote the common good. We enter into civil dialogue because we want to build a community that is rooted in understanding one another. God’s love for each person requires us to remember that someone who disagrees with us is still a beloved child of God.
Tips for Engaging in Civil Dialogue:
Listen first and seek to understand the whole picture.
Ask questions for clarification.
Use ‘I’ statements; pay attention to body language.
Listen to what feelings are present and pay attention to how you respond.
Summarize what you’ve heard and ask for feedback.
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