Our Monthly Spiritual Themes guide our Chalice Circles, which are small, intentional groups of members and friends that gather for spiritual enrichment through personal sharing. For more information on Chalice Circles, please contact Linda Benson at Membership@UUPrinceton.org.
Our Chalice Circle thoughts and questions around the theme of Civility this month are:
(1) “I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back we’re in trouble.” — Emmylou Harris
Question: When has being civil, or witnessing civility, led you away from a sense that we’re “in trouble?”
(2) “Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.” – Benjamin Franklin
Question: When have you been broadly civil in your life? When have you been less than civil? What was the difference within you?
(3) “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” – Albert Einstein
Question: Have you seen technology exceed a sense of humanity? When and how?
(4) “I don’t believe in confrontation. That seems to me outside civil discourse and we all have to find ways to be civil to one another.”
– Condoleezza Rice
Question: Think of a time when you were civil to someone with whom you disagreed. How did it feel?