Whatever Happened to Ciivil Discourse?

Whereas, because they wanted their children to see democracy at work, many parents in the past wanted their young children to watch presidential campaign speeches,  but they now don’t. The uncivil behavior sets a poor example for their kids. That was one of the points made by the Rev. Ed Helton when he spoke to the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus, Georgia.

Helton, a former Baptist minister who is now Director of the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University, in making his case for civil discourse, cited the Unitarian Universalist 1st Principle,  which says that Unitarian Universalist affirm “the inherent worth and dignity of  every person .”

He said that people should treat one another with respect even when they disagree.

Since I mentioned the Principles that Unitarian Universalists affirm, I may as well give you all of the them.

1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement in  spiritual growth in our congregations;

4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the Democratic process within our congregation and in society at large;

6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;

7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Columbus is located at the end of Heiferhorn Way, which, heading north,  is the first left turn off Whitesville Road past the Williams Road intersection. Sunday services start at 10:40 a.m., and everyone is invited. Coffee,  snacks, and conversation are available before and after the service.






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