Civil Discourse Series coming to the Cathedral this fall
Three deliberative forums will be held over the next several months and will take place from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Cummings Chapel. The forums invite people to discuss difficult topics of local relevance. Forum outcomes help inform the Cathedral’s ministry but also contribute to national conversations by use of post-forum questionnaires.
Health care remains a topic of national significance, and one aspect of this broad issue is caring for people at the end of life. Bonnie Bedenbaugh of Community Hospice and Jody Giles, author of The Missing Pieces Plan, will participate in the forum on Monday, August 21, titled "End of Life: What Should We Do for Those Who Are Dying?" On Thursday, September 14, citizens from Jacksonville will join Cathedral members to deliberate on "Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?" Given the violence in Jacksonville and across the nation, the Cathedral is participating in a national conversation on this issue. The final forum for the year on Monday, November 6, will complement the Cathedral Outreach Council’s multi-year emphasis on hunger in Jacksonville. We will use a dialogue resource entitled "Land of Plenty: How Should We Ensure that People Have the Food They Need?"
We want people with a range of perspectives to participate in deliberative forums. Routinely, we share concerns with family and friends about polarization and uncivil behavior reported in the media. Christ’s Church can be a place to model respect for differences of opinion and work together for the common good of God’s creation. Please plan to participate and indicate your interest in one or more of the forums by contacting Carl Worrell at [email protected].
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