Each year, Dictionary.com releases its word of the year. The choice comes from data collected based on the words people look up through the website. According to…… Read more “Civility Project: Philoxenia vs. Xenophobia”
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church,…… Read more “Election Day Prayer – Unity”
Today marks the conclusion (maybe?) of one of the most contested, emotional, and uncivil campaigns in recent memory. Throughout the day, I’ll post some thoughts and prayers…… Read more “Election Day Prayers”
Last week’s post on civility compared and contrasted it with the virtue of courtesy. This week, we’ll look at how civility is related to the notion of…… Read more “Civility, Polish, and Grace”
The photo for this post is from Halloween 2002. I’m dressed as Anakin Skywalker, my wife is dressed as Bounty Hunter Zam Wessel. Our friends were the…… Read more “Why Christians Need Not Fear Halloween”
There are diverse approaches to defining civility. Some choose to describe what civil behavior looks like as opposed to how someone might define the word itself. Based…… Read more “Civility or courtesy?”
This week, I’m starting a new series of blogs posts entitled, The Civility Project. I will continue to write on other issues, but my intention is to…… Read more “The Civility Project: Welcome!”
We will see change not when we merely talk, advocate, lobby, demand, or offer prayers that others change. Only when we take responsibility to embody the changes we seek will anything actually change.
While I understand and agree with the call of many to pray, I would encourage praying people to become active people. As the old African Proverb says, “When you pray, move your feet.”
My purpose is to shed light on the way members of the Christian community, LGBTQ community, political community, and other concerned citizens are speaking to this issue without regard for accurate representation of data and people involved. Much of the “dialogue” has been reduced to name-calling, dirty politics, angry rhetoric, boycotts, and threats of violence.