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Hearts Across the Divide This post has been contributed by Susan Strouse, a retired Lutheran minister who is author of The INTRAfaith Conversation and an organizer of an initiative called Hearts Across the Divide: Reclaimin…
Choosing Civility in a Rude Culture Pier M. Forni, professor of Italian literature at Johns Hopkins, came to study literature at ULCA in 1978 and in 1997, founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, a cluster of research and outreach …
Disarmed by Social Media Societies depend on dialogue to function well. These days social media allows us to talk more than ever, but often that means declaring our opinions: talking "at" instead of "to" others. This approa…
Beyond Ideas of Wrongdoing and Rightdoing In an article for the Huffingtonpost.com, Dennis Merritt Jones (Your (Re)Defining Moments) uses this quotation from Rumi: "Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will mee…
Bhutan's Model of Gross National Happiness In an article written for the National Catholic Reporter, Joan Chittister recalls seeing a road sign when she was in Bhutan in June. It said: "Start early / Drive slowly / Arrive safely." She immedi…
Being Tolerant of the Unsmiling Why we should be more tolerant of those who never smile. "Yogananda Paramahamsa has a beautiful suggestion for thawing the arctic state of our feelings; it is for all of us to become smile milliona…
Ambassadors for Civility "Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image." — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Our spirituality is revealed to family, friends, neighbors, classmates, colleagues, and strangers…
A Prayer for Awareness of Sanctity of Life On March 15, 2019, we awoke to news of 49 killed and dozens injured in shooting attacks at mosques in New Zealand, which had long been considered a haven from such violence. After shock and sorrow, …
40 Days until the Election by Diana Butler Bass I invite you to consider this election season to be like Lent, a time of prayer and practice. 1) Pray daily for some specific issue or candidate.
"When Will Our Needs and Hopes Matter?" "Democracy is more than a system of government; it is a way of life. We can assess the vitality of a democracy by how well it is serving the people's needs and hopes." These opening lines from th…