Maintaining Religious and Civic Authenticity

The Language of Faith To Address The World

In the first two modules, we asked you to think about the roles you can play in promoting civil discourse and democratic values – and engage effectively and inspirationally in the public square of American civic life.  And we explored the constructive ways – and the less constructive ways – religious leaders and people of faith have lived out their civic engagement for the last four centuries here in what is now the United States. Then we provided you with tools and skills to create constructive, respectful and generative dialogues and discussions about difficult issues.  And the last session gave you rules that religious leaders and institutions can live by and engage.  Now, we want to bring this all together to talk about the language of faith and authenticity.

This module explores the tensions of remaining faithful to your religious beliefs and the values of your faith community in what policies you support or oppose while maintaining openness, the capacity to listen deeply to and engage in healthy discussions with those with whom you strongly disagree.  There are no shortage of issues that are igniting conflict in our country. How can you be an authentic and passionate voice championing civic engagement and still be a healer who can cross borders and participate in difficult and even painful dialogue?

This final module hopes to help you and the community you pastor to do just that, finding the language of faith, of Scripture, of your religious community to guide your own behavior and that of your community.


This is an interactive session, better learned with colleagues, friends and/or congregants. Please stop at each PAUSE and participate in the activity.  Then hit play and continue the video.