Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good

 

On October 22, The Episcopal Church held and produced a groundbreaking forum on an important topic in our society:  Civil Discourse in America: Finding Common Ground for the Greater Good.

The 90-minute live webcast originated from historic Christ Church, Philadelphia (Diocese of Pennsylvania), the birthplace of the Episcopal Church and the home of our country’s beginnings. In partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Forum Participants

The forum was moderated by well-known journalist and commentator Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, Executive Religion Editor for the Huffington Post.

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will present the keynote address.

Dr. Robert Jones, CEO and Founder of Public Religion Research Institute http://publicreligion.org, will present his research, which can be downloaded at http://publicreligion.org/2014/10/report-is-civility-possible/.

Two panel discussions focused on main themes: Civil discourse and faith; and Civil discourse in politics and policy. Panelists include:

  • David Boardman, Dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University  http://smc.temple.edu/ in Philadelphia. He serves as president of the American Society of News Editors and chairs the National Advisory Board of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in Florida. He is an accomplished investigative journalist, past Executive Editor of the Seattle Times, and a four-time Pulitzer Prize jurist.
  • Dr. John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University, Washington DC http://www.georgetown.edu/president/.   Dr. DeGioia is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Forum for the Future of Higher Education and among other board endeavors, serves on the Boards of the Carnegie Corporation, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the Executive Committee of the Council on Competitiveness. He has received national recognition as an advocate for civil discourse and a commitment to the common good.
  • Rabbi Steve Gutow, President and CEO of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs http://engage.jewishpublicaffairs.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=2205, Washington DC. A trustee of Faith in Public Life, which helps shape public debates and advance faith as a positive and unifying force for justice, compassion and the common good, he has been recognized as one of the country’s most influential Jewish leaders.
  • Hugh Forrest, Director of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival http://sxsw.com/, which each year brings together more than 30,000 creative professionals from around the world to foster a global community of ideas and creativity. TIME Magazine refers to him as an “interactive agent,” ushering new, groundbreaking technology into the popular culture that changes the way we share, learn and think.
  • Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute on Civil Discoursehttp://nicd.arizona.edu/  and a leader in the field of deliberative democracy.  She founded AmericaSpeaks, which promotes nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through innovative public policy tools and strategies. Dr. Lukensmeyer also has served as a consultant to the White House Chief of Staff and as a chief of staff for Ohio’s governor, the first woman in this capacity.
  • Dr. Elizabeth McCloskey, President and CEO of The Faith & Politics Institute http://faithandpolitics.org/, a national organization devoted to advancing reflective leadership among members of Congress and congressional staff to bridge the divides that arise in a thriving democracy.  She has taught and published numerous articles and book chapters on faith, ethics and politics, and is a former columnist for Commonweal magazine.
  • Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY http://www.episcopalrochester.org/.  Bishop Singh is a frequent contributor to regional and national publications on topics related to accepting and embracing people with views and beliefs other than his own.
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