Setting the Table for Civility
Suggested Actions for Faith Groups
In your faith community – you could:
- Make civility a theme or focus of one of your worship services. Some online sites where you can get ideas for a service as well as specific examples of readings, prayers and sermons you can use are:
- Wisconsin Council of Churches www.wichurches.org/programs-and-ministries/season-of-civility/sermons-on-civility/
- Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati Civility Campaign www.civilizeit.us/
- United Church of Christ www.ucc.org/ourfaithourvote_civility
- Maine Council of Churches http://mainecouncilofchurches.org/mcc-programs-2/covenant-for-civil-discourse/
- Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies http://elmad.pardes.org/2015/10/the-call-to-rabbis-and-lay-leaders-to-be-pursuers-of-peace/
- Send a statement calling for civility to a broad range of faith leaders in your community. Ask them to endorse the statement and send it to others in the community.
- If you are a pastor, reach out to a pastor of a congregation that has different political views and invite him or her to have coffee with you to discussion ways to increase civility in your community. Use the one on one discussion guide to help structure your conversation. You may also want to look at this short video to get a sense of how powerful a one on one connection with someone of different views can be.
- Have leaders of your congregation arrange a time to get together with leaders of another local congregation where people likely have different political views for a time of prayer and discussion. Click here to access small group discussion guide in this toolkit
- Have a discussion in an adult study group in your congregation about what they can do to promote greater civility and respect in their daily lives. Use the Training and Skills Building Guide to find resources you will need for the discussion.