When engaging in election reflection and dialogue, ask yourself the following questions:
- In my conversations with others, am I consciously allowing others equal opportunity to speak?
- Am I sharing my personal experience, not someone else’s?
- Am I listening carefully and respectfully? Am I speaking carefully and respectfully?
- How can I practice attentiveness? Am I choosing my words carefully and purposefully? How can I encourage stimulating dialogue vs. heated debate?
- Am I being careful to not interrupt (unless for clarification or time keeping)?
- Do I have an understanding that no group or viewpoint has a complete monopoly on the truth?
- Am I attempting to give a favorable interpretation of another’s statement rather than condemn it?
- In my thoughts and actions, do I refrain from making assumptions and assigning motives to other people?
* Content adopted from “Civility in the Public Square,” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
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