Faith and Values
Civility Taken On By Religious Organization
Disagreements between well-meaning people are inevitable, but, a Christian group believes those dispute can be more civil. The Kentucky Council of Churches will work over the next year on strategies to promote civility. Director Marian McClure Taylor says sometimes humor is key. It was a tactic commonly employed by her grandfather.
“He had a skill that I remember, which was, at just the moment in a conversation where relationships were coming to an end and might be broken, he knew very deftly how to interject some humor,” said McClure Taylor. The Kentucky Council of Churches will also examine the divisiveness often found in politics. McClure-Taylor says some leaders promote disagreement, hoping it will create a political advantage. “Political campaigns use our willingness to believe that the other person is our enemy as a way to get us to the polls and to vote,” added McClure Taylor. McClure Taylor say ‘social media’ may not always produce the most ‘socially positive’ outcomes. She argues social media like Facebook and Twitter actually isolates people. “In spite of the fact that social media could put us into contact with people who are more different from ourselves, in fact, social media may be used to connect with people who already agree with us,” explained McClure Taylor. Give the Bible teachings on the human family, McClure-Taylor says promoting civility is an appropriate topic for the Council. During a series of summits, the council hopes to gather very practical ideas that foster free and open discourse on controversial topics.