2017 Chapman Dialogues: Faith & Civility

This event has been canceled. To learn more about future Chapman Dialogues events, please contact Sharon Tillman, stillman@claggettcenter.org or 410-467-1399 X6383

Nov. 12-14, 2017
Claggett Center
3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD 21710

Faith and Civility: Beyond the Golden Rule

Whether you are a faith leader, a community leader, or a person who wants to make a difference, we need you in the conversation on Faith and Civility. No matter what your hot button issue is, civility comes down to how we communicate and how we listen; how we ultimately interact with one another and live in civil society. At this conference you will learn the tools needed to be the change this society needs to engage with each other, to move forward, to grow, to learn and understand. We invite you to join us at the table.

We were taught the Golden Rule at an early age, “do unto others as you would have done to you.” Lately it feels more like ‘do unto others before they get a chance to do unto you.’  

We blame social media, television, politics (and politicians), and long commutes for how rude people are. We talk about people in broad strokes – entitled Millennials, hawkish conservatives, bleeding-heart liberals, the poor, the rich, the middle class – but we don’t mean “us,” only “them.”

The 2017 Chapman Dialogues: Conversations on Faith conference, focusing on Faith and Civility: Beyond the Golden Rule, is not about race relations, politics, climate change, gun control or myriad other hot topics. It is about all of these and more. Before we can solve any of these and other issues facing our society today, we first need to come back to the table, sit across from our colleague, neighbor, friend, stranger, to talk and listen.

“Civility can be like the North Star that provides for some standard point of orientation during the dark and stormy nights of life in this world so we can stay on course and not get whipped around by the tempest of politics and personalities,” said Daniel Buccino, keynote speaker and director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative.

“We are called as people of faith to respect the dignity of every human being,” said the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. “I’m heartened to see our conference center taking up civility in this year’s Chapman Dialogues. It’s critical for our society to figure out a way forward dealing with conflicting points of view.”

“It’s not about how others behave, but who we are. We stay civil not because others are, but because we are,” said Mr. Daniel Buccino in a 2003 City Diary column, ‘Doing our civic duty in city’s uncivil court,’ in the Baltimore Sun. In other words, living by the Golden Rule begins with each of us.

Civility in the workplace, in our houses of worship, at home – where do faith and civility intersect? How do we move beyond the Golden Rule as our sole rule of thumb? Join Mr. Daniel Buccino, director of the Johns Hopkins Civility Initiative, and others to explore this most-timely topic. Perhaps we can even begin to recognize the “us” in “them.”

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