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College Presidents: Bruised, Battered and Loving It

Barry Glassner | Posted 02.22.2013 | College
Barry Glassner

This is a volatile time for college presidents, who are under intense pressure from their boards and the government to modernize rapidly amid a revolution in online learning, information technology, and global education.

A Dead Child and Childish Things

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Jeanne Bishop

The death of this latest child killed by gun violence happened one day after pro-gun activists heckled Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Jesse Heslin, one of the 6-year-olds massacred in Newtown, CT.

Congress at the Crossroads

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The sorry performance of the 112th Congress brought the perception of this once-esteemed body to what is probably an all-time low. If the 113th replicates the behavior of the 112th, Congress' prestige will be driven so far underground that it will never again be resurrected.

Haunted By Lincoln, MLK And Louie Giglio

Edward Gilbreath | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Edward Gilbreath

Regardless of your politics, if you're a Christian leader who has ever taken your job seriously, becoming yoked with Barack Obama can be public-relations kryptonite. But the irony of the latest debacle is that it undermines Obama's intentional efforts to be a president of inclusivity.

Make a Stronger Case for Your Cause by Being Civil and Well-Informed

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 03.11.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

How can we elevate the discourse? We can commit to forming opinions steeped in experience and knowledge, as well as maintaining an openness to explore and respect all sides of an issue.

Faith Leaders Want Americans To Pray For Civility

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 01.03.2013 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the ...

There Will Be Turbulence: A Flight With My Troll

Michael Ames | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Michael Ames

If my Internet troll and I can come together, can't we expect at least that much from the people we send to Washington to do the same?

6 Nonpartisan Reasons To Give Thanks After The Elections

Melissa Rogers | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Melissa Rogers

Without doubt, good people will disagree about many matters of public importance as we move forward. One of my Thanksgiving prayers, however, is that we will build more unity and demonstrate more civility as we face difficult choices in the days ahead.

Lessons (Not) Learned from the Most Negative Election in U.S. History

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 01.12.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Last week's election is still fresh on our minds, and wounds take time to heal. The question we must now answer is whether our scarred society will demand better once we're mended. One can only hope.

Election 2012 Aftermath: How About a Code of Conduct for Elected Officials?

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Let's hope that the dismal and negative rhetoric of the campaign is behind us and President Obama will use his leadership mandate to usher in a new era of civility in politics.

Jewish Voters, Jewish Values

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 01.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I don't recall "The Jewish Vote" ever being such a widely discussed topic during a presidential election in my lifetime. Not only is there speculation about how American Jews will vote today, but opinion polling of Israelis is making world news as well.

What We'd Like to Hear in Obama and Romney's Closing Arguments

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Jonathan Miller, an Obama supporter, and Ted Buerger, a Romney supporter, are two of the co-founders of No Labels. Here, each of them suggest what they'd like to hear from their candidate of choice in the closing days of Election 2012.

Working For Reconciliation On Election Day

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

The world needs welcoming congregations that are focused on the work of reconciliation -- now more than ever.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).

How This Parent Will Strive to Disagree Better

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 12.26.2012 | Parents
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I wonder if most parents would be proud if their children interacted the same way at school during passionate disagreements about playground life as their parents do during passionate disagreements about politics?

Civility: A Legacy of Peace

Rachael Freed | Posted 12.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

Only we can recognize our own uncivil thoughts, words, and actions, understand our own failures of trust and fear of difference. Only we can replace them with understanding, compassion, and love.

An Electoral Mandate - But for What?

Terry Newell | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Shortly after being declared the winner, the next president will claim a mandate to govern. His supporters will revel in his victory and demand that his mandate, delivered by the voters, be honored. Both misread American politics and the Constitution.

Specter's Biggest Speech

Michael Smerconish | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

When I heard on Sunday that Arlen Specter had died, I sought solace in rummaging through personal remnants of our 30-year friendship.

The Meaning of Tolerance

Noah Baron | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Noah Baron

Yes, conservatives, I'll defend your constitutional right to free speech. But I will not be a Nice Person when it comes to defending my rights or the rights of my friends; I will not tolerate intolerance. You do not get to claim to be "civil" so long as you deny me, or my friends, equality.

What Ohio Wants

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

I'm not sure what happens in other states, but here, it goes beyond radio and television. At a party last weekend, the tunes on Pandora were interspersed with messages about the importance of somebody's China policy.

Civility Isn't for Sissies

Susan Zakin | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Susan Zakin

Civility requires a commitment to truth, as well as compassion. Like a dysfunctional family, a society that fosters disingenuousness and punishes directness will not be able to make good decisions.

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

My deepest wish for the New Year is that especially in the midst of this hot, political season, that every one of us accepts the challenge to do our part to help heal the world this year by reaching out to someone who thinks differently than we do.

How God Makes Us Civil People

John Backman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Religion
John Backman

For every Grand Inquisitor, there is a St. Francis of Assisi. For every Osama bin Laden, there is a Mother Teresa. Anything in the universe that humans touch will be ever thus: strands of good, evil and everything in between.

Just Because You Love Jesus Doesn’t Mean You Have To Disrespect The Buddha, Dishonor Muhammad Or Disregard Moses

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 11.11.2012 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

On this 11th anniversary of 9/11, it's a good day for us to look back and assess the damage. As a Christian, I've certainly seen it and felt it in the Christian community.

Benediction At The DNC: Making God Small

Rabbi David Wolpe | Posted 11.10.2012 | Religion
Rabbi David Wolpe

Choices in life, as in politics, are generally about better and worse, not about light and darkness. We diminish God when we suppose that the Divine can only bless my football team or my political party.