what: Creating Civility: A Public Forum
when: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
time: 7:00 p.m. CST
where: Being LIVE
We’d like to invite you to join us tonight online for a somewhat impromptu event in Minnesota Public Radio’s UBS Forum. We’re approaching the evening as a kind of experiment, an occasion to learn and to plant some seeds for new vision and new ways of living together with our confusions, our strengths, and our differences. Tragic events in Tucson created a window for concern about the fabric of our common life, but that concern predated those events and has relevance and urgency far beyond them.
Many of the hardest political and social chasms right now will not be resolved quickly. So the question we’re asking is:
How do we find new ways to speak and listen to each other, to live forward together, even as we hold passionate disagreements?
On Being is a terrific resource especially for those of us with Interfaith leanings. But one need not be a card carrying member of any religious affiliation in order to get inspiration from their programming. As Americans and as world citizens, we are grappling with the close quarters that we share on this Earth. How do we go about celebrating community while also honoring difference? How do we have difficult and necessary conversations with each other that respect each other’s humanity while vigorously debating the merits of an argument? Sometimes asking the right questions is as important if not more important than knowing all of the answers.