I was asked this week to appear again on the podcast, “A Christian and Muslim Walk Into a Studio“, hosted by Bob Prater and Emad Meerza. Bob is a long time friend, and I’m really enjoying building a new friendship with Emad. This time I put them through their paces walking them through the Eight Proven Guidelines for Civic Engagement that I used to utilize in my BridgeBuilder trainings years ago:
#1: You can’t compel people to change their worldview.
#2: No one should be asked to participate in a society biased against themselves.
#3: Vilifying those who disagree with you says more about you than it does about them.
#4: Making room at the table for divergent views does not validate those views.
#5: You best protect your civic freedoms by protecting those of people who disagree with you.
#6: If you do not include all the stakeholders you cannot fix the problem.
#7: Cooperation cannot require compromise of our deepest convictions.
#8: The best solutions arise from seeking highest possible consensus.
I think you’ll enjoy the conversation. You can watch the video of our conversation here, or find it on iTunes if you want the audio version. Just search, “A Christian and a Muslim Walk into a Studio.”
There’s also a new episode of The God Journey up today, called Breaking Up With God, which has Brad and I seeking our own common ground about those who are losing their faith in God.
Additionally Bob, Arnita, and I have already sorted through two of our chapters for the collaborative book, The Language of Healing, and am thrilled with where that might lead.
No wonder some call him Jehovah Tdsnikki.