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4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time
4 Suggestions to Minister in the Meantime and Mean Time

By: Guy Sayles
Ministry happens in the meantime, the season of troubling transitions, and the mean time, when public debate has coarsened. Here are 4 ways you can navigate these difficult intervals.

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Stop Your Deadly Words Before They Spread Like Wildfire
Stop Your Deadly Words Before They Spread Like Wildfire

By: Chuck Summers
The words we use can be deadly, like a fire. They can hurt people and destroy lives. While you can't control what people say, you can control what one person says. You.

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Choosing a Better Way in Our Polarized Nation
Choosing a Better Way in Our Polarized Nation

By: Curtis Ramsey-Lucas
Sworn to bitterness and anger, both sides of our polarized nation have demonized each other since the election. Surely, we who follow Jesus can walk a better path and ask others to do the same.

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Combatting Hostile Rhetoric with Civil Speech
Combatting Hostile Rhetoric with Civil Speech

By: Mitch Carnell
When hostile rhetoric fills the airwaves, we need a more civil national and personal dialogue more than ever. And as Christians, we have an obligation to represent Christ with our language.

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Why Do You Need to Talk to People You Disagree With?
Why Do You Need to Talk to People You Disagree With?

By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
It's too easy today to simply stop talking to people with whom you disagree. When Christians authentically converse with people who view the world differently, they build a bridge of relationship.

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Political Grime and Punishment: How to Bring Change
Political Grime and Punishment: How to Bring Change

By: Joe LaGuardia
We have to change the tone of our bitterly divisive and punitive politics. We can either do nothing or work constructively - together - to bring about the change and transformation we all long to see in the world.

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Keeping the Right Focus Amid Dysfunctional Politics
Keeping the Right Focus Amid Dysfunctional Politics

By: Guy Sayles
Our political system suffers from a paralysis that could become permanent. And followers of Jesus, whether conservative or liberal, must place "the least of these" at the center of our politics and economics.

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This Powerful Tool Combats Negativity, Harsh Words
This Powerful Tool Combats Negativity, Harsh Words

By: Brent McDougal
How can you have a positive impact on a culture bathed in negativity? While our society is awash in destructive words, a powerful tool can help you combat negativity, harsh words and hopelessness.

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Seeking Better Discourse Above Social Media's Din
Seeking Better Discourse Above Social Media's Din

By: James Gordon
In our social media culture, the loudest voices are heard, the most attention grabbing sound bites absorbed, the least complex and easiest grasped explanations seized on. Can the church bring a higher standard of discourse?

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EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review
EthicsDaily.com: 2016 in Review

By: EthicsDaily Staff
498 columns. 139 contributors. 125 news articles. These are a few snapshots of EthicsDaily.com's 2016 initiatives, providing a global perspective from goodwill people of faith on engaging pressing issues facing the world.

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Faith Leaders Urge Unity, Civility, Prayer After U.S. Election
Faith Leaders Urge Unity, Civility, Prayer After U.S. Election

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following a contentious U.S. presidential election, faith leaders from several denominations, including Baptists, issued calls for unity and civility as well as prayers for elected officials.

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Divine Help for Our Divided States of America
Divine Help for Our Divided States of America

By: Rick Love
The election is over. It's time to stop talking about why our candidate is the best for our country. It's time to reach out to friends and acquaintances in our social networks who differ from us.

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Taking Seriously Trump's Call to Work Together
Taking Seriously Trump's Call to Work Together

By: Zach Dawes
No matter how we voted or how we feel about the results, President-elect Donald Trump's call to "bind the wounds of division" and "to come together as one united people" should be applauded and embraced.

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This Election Season, Some Mouths Need Good Bar of Soap
This Election Season, Some Mouths Need Good Bar of Soap

By: Guy Sayles
Especially this election season, our words are frequently nasty and deplorable, eroding our awareness that even the people who are most offensive to us are created in God's image.

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Healing Words Needed After Harsh Political Campaign
Healing Words Needed After Harsh Political Campaign

By: Ferrell Foster
How will the divisive and vitriolic language of this political campaign affect as a people after Nov. 8? After a season of harsh words, it's time for us to find new words to heal.

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Why Christians Should Model Civil Public Conversation
Why Christians Should Model Civil Public Conversation

By: Craig Bird
In today's antagonistic culture, many people are quick to wound others with their words. They see it as their right to say anything about anyone; if others don't like it, tough. The Bible, however, commands us to love.

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What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?
What Will Your Kids Find When They Google You?

By: Christina Embree
One day, your children are going to Google you? What will they find? Will they find that you social media self, your written words, are consistent with the things you are teaching them as truth, as right, as good?"

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Christians Should Model Civility As Divisive Election Ends
Christians Should Model Civility As Divisive Election Ends

By: Zach Dawes
In the wake of a contentious presidential election, no matter the results on Nov. 8, civility will be vital to rebuild community and cooperation. Christians should model civility with humility and mercy.

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Political Talk: Temper Your Words, Open Your Heart
Political Talk: Temper Your Words, Open Your Heart

By: Mitch Carnell
The presidential campaign rhetoric is at a fever pitch with much worse to come. In our unsettled political climate, we all need to take a step back, take a deep breath and moderate our speech and behavior.

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Defriending Gossip, Slander and Discourteous Talk
Defriending Gossip, Slander and Discourteous Talk

By: Alan Donaldson
Christians have a perspective to share on political life that is inspired by belonging to the Kingdom of God, but our social media comments fall short. They're filled with anger, defensiveness and vitriol.

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3 Ways to Minister to Your Church During Election Season
3 Ways to Minister to Your Church During Election Season

By: Guy Sayles
Presidential election years are one of the hardest times for ministers to balance prophetic engagement with the culture and congregational unity. Here are 3 ways to find that balance.

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Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians
Why This Election Brings Out the Worst in Christians

By: Dennis Bickers
This election season features an increased lack of civility, and too many Christians are guilty of ugly and crass comments. We should treat each other with respect despite our political differences.

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What Do Your Words Really Say About You?
What Do Your Words Really Say About You?

By: Guy Sayles
We're told as children that "words will never harm" us, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Words can open wounds that never fully heal. We have a responsibility to use our words wisely.

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Diatribe or Dialogue: Which Way Will You Choose?
Diatribe or Dialogue: Which Way Will You Choose?

By: Colin Harris
Our public conversation has degenerated into little more than competing sound bytes. We seek control, rather than cooperative understanding. Can we learn to offer more humility and less grandstanding?

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4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School
4 Rules on Talking Politics in Sunday School

By: Tony Brooks
If you lead a Sunday school class, your role is to discuss issues based on Scripture. As the political season heats up, discussion will turn toward politics. Here are 4 rules to manage those conversations.

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3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence
3 Responses to Our World's All-Too-Common Violence

By: Brian Lee
With all the eruptions of violence, it's easy to overreact and paint certain groups with a brush that is far too wide and certainly unwarranted. How do we respond in light of all that is happening? Here are 3 ways.

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4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos
4 Healthy Responses to Social Media's Political Chaos

By: Ryan Jespersen
With the political season approaching a fevered pitch, social media sites are a minefield of political arguments. Here are 4 ways you can exemplify a Christlike response amid the chaos.

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Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame
Using Social Media with Grace, Not as Weapon of Shame

By: Christina Embree
Social media is too often used as an avenue to shame, dishonor and ridicule people - even by Christians. Our kids deserve better examples from us. Let's model humility and grace on social media.

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4 Ways You Can Wage Peace with Wisdom
4 Ways You Can Wage Peace with Wisdom

By: Rick Love
Hate speech, inflammatory rhetoric and uncivil discourse are all too common in politics and social media. Rather than fight fire with fire, we must master the art of civil discourse.

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Elders Affirm Bible's Role in Improving Society, Millennials Less Certain
Elders Affirm Bible's Role in Improving Society, Millennials Less Certain

By: EthicsDaily Staff
The older you are, the more likely you are to believe regular Bible reading contributes to political civility and meaningful living.

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Christians Must Go Beyond the Golden Rule. Are You?
Christians Must Go Beyond the Golden Rule. Are You?

By: Christina Embree
Nearly every Christian embraces the truth of the Golden Rule, but Jesus calls us to go beyond that rule by being kind toward those who hate us. In our negative society, it's a vital lesson for our kids.

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Not OK! Our Leaders Teach Bad Lessons to Our Kids
Not OK! Our Leaders Teach Bad Lessons to Our Kids

By: Christina Embree
Our schools teach kids bullying is wrong, but the would-be leaders in the presidential campaign are undoing it all. It is not OK to ridicule or physically harm others. This isn't about politics; it's about humanity.

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Do Your Words Sustain Others or Tear Them Down?
Do Your Words Sustain Others or Tear Them Down?

By: Guy Sayles
Despite the current climate of extreme rhetoric, people hunger for words that inspire hope and hearten the discouraged. Christians need to speak sustaining, life-building and grace-giving words.

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10 Modern Rules for Seeking Public Office (Apparently)
10 Modern Rules for Seeking Public Office (Apparently)

By: Reggie Warren
If you decide to one day run for elected office on the national level, these 10 tips - apparently - are what you need to do if you want to stay ahead of your opponents.

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Christians Must Return to Civility in U.S. Politics
Christians Must Return to Civility in U.S. Politics

By: Roger Olson
The harsh rhetoric and overall lack of civility in politics is seeping into Christian communities. It's fine to hold a strong political opinion, but we should never ridicule those who disagree with us.

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Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians
Standing Up to Rhetoric from Bullying Politicians

By: Sean McKenzie
Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.

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Focused Hatred Poisons Our View of World
Focused Hatred Poisons Our View of World

By: Colin Harris
Our fear and prejudice easily morph into a focused hatred, but if history teaches us anything, it is the lesson that life lived as a contest where hatred is a player is a contest that nobody wins.

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How Christian Ethics Guide Cultural Engagement
How Christian Ethics Guide Cultural Engagement

By: Guy Sayles
Faith communities make it either more or less likely that people will be able to live out their faith. You can't nurture peacemakers in a community that uses attack as its main way of relating to culture.

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Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?
Can Civility Be Restored in American Politics?

By: Robert Parham
Incivility and profanity are running rampant in the GOP primary season, with Donald Trump leading the pack. The same woes are surfacing on the Democratic side. Can churches help restore civility?

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How Christians Should Deal with Internet Trolls
How Christians Should Deal with Internet Trolls

By: Joe LaGuardia
An Internet "troll" is anyone who comments online with threatening, intimidating or abusive language. Such online aggression is not an isolated moral lapse; it's a rampant infestation of sin.

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'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process
'Curse of Perfectionism' Dooms Political Process

By: Zach Dawes
The demand for perfect adherence to a particular faction's ideology is having a detrimental impact not only on the political processes, but also on other societal institutions, including the local church.

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Why Our Society Needs 'Amazing Grace' More Than Ever
Why Our Society Needs 'Amazing Grace' More Than Ever

By: Colin Harris
The coals of fear, ignorance and prejudice flame up to produce expressions of contempt on the public stage and in private conversations. We need "Amazing Grace" more than ever.

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Being Model 'Students' for This Year's Election
Being Model 'Students' for This Year's Election

By: Wade Smith
Remember your excitement on the first day of college? Well, it's almost as if you're in college again. The final's 10 months away, and you have a lot of studying to do. As Christians, let's be model students.

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As Primaries Draw Near, Let's Not Forget Civility
As Primaries Draw Near, Let's Not Forget Civility

By: Ferrell Foster
As primary season draws near, Christians need to practice civility and listen with all the intelligence and wisdom we can muster through the help of the Holy Spirit as we prepare to vote.

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Reflecting God's Character in Our Civility
Reflecting God's Character in Our Civility

By: Guy Sayles
Civility is a reflection of the character of God. When we are civil, we represent a God who rules the world by love. We may not agree with someone, but we mustn't forget God loves them.

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Modeling Civility During Election Season
Modeling Civility During Election Season

By: Zach Dawes
To help quench the fires of division that plague our society, especially during election season, people of goodwill must model a better path: offering civil responses rooted in compassion and grace.

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Love Your Neighbor - Even During Election Season
Love Your Neighbor - Even During Election Season

By: Sam Chaise
Election season is seldom known for its civility when candidates focus on negative attacks and destructive sound bites. Why doesn't the church lead the charge for civility this election season?

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8 Awesome Tips to Use the Bible on Social Media
8 Awesome Tips to Use the Bible on Social Media

By: Larry Eubanks
Christians often quote the Bible when discussing important issues on social media, but many use it to bash folks over the head. Here are eight things to remember when you use Scripture online.

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How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
By: Terry Austin
As a nation, we've responded to violence with more violence. People, even followers of Jesus, still loudly proclaim that we need to commit even more violence. Where does it end?
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Consider How Your Words Can Heal or Hurt
Consider How Your Words Can Heal or Hurt

By: James Gordon
As we approach Lent, perhaps we should reflect on the power of words. They affirm or diminish, enlighten or deceive, liberate or oppress, heal or hurt. Do we consider how we use them?

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A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger
A Path Forward After Midterms: A Kind Word Turns Away Anger

By: Robert Parham
Political power has shifted. Will it lead to more partisan fragmentation, public frustration and government failure? Or will both parties seek collaborative effort and the common good?

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2 Lessons from the Life of an Unlikely Friend
2 Lessons from the Life of an Unlikely Friend
By: Terry Austin
Omer Ritchie's death saddened everyone in our little church. His friendship was a powerful demonstration of how Christians can love one another in spite of theological differences.
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3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil
3 Ideas to Keep Your Online Discussions Civil
By: Terrell Carter
Anyone with an opinion on any subject can find a way to be heard, but too many online and in-person discussions devolve into personal attacks instead of focusing on issues. Here's how to keep it civil.
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Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace
Quick-To-Criticize Society Needs Dose of Grace

By: Zach Dawes
Obama's so-called latte salute is the latest illustration that we live now in a society too often lacking in common decency, much less grace, toward the shortcomings of others.

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4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
4 Ways to Keep Your Political Speech Civil
By: Taylor Sandlin
The problems our country and this world face are multifaceted. We need healthy discussion about solutions. For this to happen, the focus of our conversations must be on policies and not people.
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Why You Should View Church Conflicts as Blessings
Why You Should View Church Conflicts as Blessings
By: Bill Wilson
Church leaders are wise to address conflict early and proactively before it escalates and becomes divisive. The issue is not whether you will have conflict, but what you will do with it.
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Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible?
Where is Human Sinfulness Most Visible?

By: Zach Dawes
Whether the site is religious or secular, some of the most vitriolic and vulgar statements you will ever read appear in largely anonymous posts found in the comment forums of websites.

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5 Guides for Constructive Conversation with Your Opponents
5 Guides for Constructive Conversation with Your Opponents

Many opposing individuals and groups engage in unhealthy dialogue due to unhelpful presuppositions about one another. Can we find common ground without divisive rhetoric?

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A Spiritual Perspective to Your Online Etiquette
A Spiritual Perspective to Your Online Etiquette
Too many so-called political debates are merely rants that demean the other side. When Christians buy into this one-sided hype, we are unable to love our neighbor.
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Why Our Polarized Nation Needs Moderating Voices
Why Our Polarized Nation Needs Moderating Voices
In our increasingly polarized nation, we need people who can be a moderating presence, willing to engage those with whom they disagree in civil and respectful dialogue.
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How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
How Churches Can Help Our Nation Embrace Civility
After the election, the prospects for civility and the common good are even bleaker. But churches can help our society find a constructive way forward in this polarized culture.
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After the Election, Let's Discuss Ideas with Civility
After the Election, Let's Discuss Ideas with Civility

Following a polarizing election, it's time to cease using inflammatory rhetoric. We must sit down with those of opposing opinions and do the hard work of seeking to understand.

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Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
Faith Communities May Help Bond Fractured Country After Election
With calcifying incivility, ideological rigidity and deadening polarization, churches must play their part to hold our nation together. Now is the season for healing and creating common ground.
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Sadly, Mudslinging Campaigns Are Nothing New
Sadly, Mudslinging Campaigns Are Nothing New

If you believe that present-day politics are more partisan and negative than ever before, you should see the mudslinging tactics from earlier political campaigns.

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Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
Incivility Is as Hazardous as Elections Are Important
More civility from pulpits and in church programs would go a long way toward decreasing cultural polarization, ideological rigidity, plain meanness and outright falsehoods.
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Genuine Civility Rooted in God's Character
Genuine Civility Rooted in God's Character
Civility is a public virtue that is simple to praise and complicated to practice. Engaging in civility acknowledges that all human beings are valuable because they're created in God's image.
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Traveling the Path to Civility and Peace
Traveling the Path to Civility and Peace
Language and cultural barriers may separate us. However, as we become willing to help and health each other, we travel the road to civility and peace.
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Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
Limbaugh or Maher: Whose Misogyny is Worse?
The morality of the double standard is alive and well in America. We are outraged by Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic vulgarity but laugh at Bill Maher's. And vice versa.
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Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
Online Anonymity Has a Light and Dark Moral Side
People use anonymous online postings to spew anti-religious bigotry and pure anger, and some newspapers are cracking down on these comments. But is there a positive side?
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Catholics Urge Civility in Politics
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic elder statesmen called for more civility in politics, saying Catholics have also been subjected to scrutiny.
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Is Your Workplace Toxic? How You Can Solve It
Is Your Workplace Toxic? How You Can Solve It
Bullying, disrespect and hostility are rampant in the workplace. To change the situation requires individuals to take charge. Here's what you can do at your job.
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Is Civility Counterproductive for Christians?
Is Civility Counterproductive for Christians?
If Christians practice civility, are they falling for a clever ploy to water down or silence their voice on the issues? Not in the least. Civil Christians act out of love for others, including those they disagree with.
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The Real Culprits for Society's Harsh Rhetoric
The Real Culprits for Society's Harsh Rhetoric
Most of us believe it's those other guys who are responsible for the angry rhetoric that fills the airwaves. The truth is that professional merchants of hate and disrespect only exist where there is a market for their product.
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U.N. Marks First Annual Interfaith Harmony Week
(RNS) The UN kicked off the first “World Interfaith Harmony Week” to promote dialogue and civility among the world’s religions.
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Like Congress, Maybe It's Time We All Sit Together
Like Congress, Maybe It's Time We All Sit Together
The acts of civility have been missing in recent years – especially in politics. While we can point fingers at the media or a particular party, the reality is the fault lies in all of us. A society becomes what it allows.
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Poll: Americans of All Faiths See a Civility Problem in U.S. Politics
(RNS) Americans agree on one thing: our political system has a civility problem.
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Four Kinds of Speech that Promote Civil Society
Four Kinds of Speech that Promote Civil Society
Amid all the talk about "hate speech" and the "rhetoric of violence" in the aftermath of the Tucson shooting, here are four kinds of speech that could promote civil society.
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Clergy Urge Congress to Unite Behind Push for Civility
(RNS) A coalition sent an open letter urging a “time of soul searching” and national dialogue about “violent and vitriolic political rhetoric.”
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Civility Project Disbands after Low Interest in Congress
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Civility Project is closing down after just three members of Congress agreed to the project’s pledge.
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Lawmaker Asks Clergy to Foster Tolerance in Wake of Shootings
PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) A New Jersey congressman is calling upon clergy to help people put aside their ideological differences during a “week of solidarity.”
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Baptists – Voices of Reason or Bitter Rhetoric?
Baptists – Voices of Reason or Bitter Rhetoric?
As midterm elections draw closer and bitterness over mosque construction spreads, the discord within several denominations also grows louder. Will Baptists be voices of reason or part of the overheated rhetoric?
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Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
Civility Requires More Than One-Way Street
A well-meaning covenant on civility is meaningless when the most uncivil people of all refuse to have anything to do with it. The U.S. right wing is not interested in dialogue. They want only victory.
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Ten Commandments: On Hearts, Yes; Buildings, No
Ten Commandments: On Hearts, Yes; Buildings, No
As Americans debate whether or not the Ten Commandments should be posted in schools and government buildings, some Christians should make sure the ninth commandment is written on their hearts.
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Breaking Point? Working to Restore Civility
Breaking Point? Working to Restore Civility
The lack of civility in our society has reached an alarming level. If we want the atmosphere of hate and disrespect to change, we must help bring about change. That begins with how we respond to others.
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Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
Wilson's Outburst Should Be Turning Point for Civility
The battle over ideas in this country has degenerated into a name-calling, fear-mongering contest. It's time to condemn the Joe Wilsons of the world who would rather inflame than inform.
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Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
Moral Education in Sunday School Is Antidote to Anger in Public Square
You don't have to look long to find proof that civility and commitment to the common good are in short supply. How can churches better promote moral education?
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Infusing Health Care Debate with Nazi Imagery Is Uncivil, Irresponsible
Infusing Health Care Debate with Nazi Imagery Is Uncivil, Irresponsible
Comparing Obama's health care proposal to Nazi policies is beyond the bounds of proper political discourse.
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