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Highlights for May

Church should lead journey toward civil discourse

By Kay Collier McLaughlin

“Talking Together” — the art of and willingness to enter into civil dialogue to end the polarization in our country — is the title of both my newest book and the seminars I lead across the country. This work has brought me into contact with other individuals and organizations that see lack of civility as a critical issue that must be addressed for our country to move forward.

Dr. Allan Boesak, a member of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a visiting professor at Kentucky’s Berea College, said in a recent address that one of the strengths of reconciliation work had been the leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was not only a spiritual leader but also a figure recognized by the government. About the United States, he said bluntly, “you do not have the presence of such a figure to lead the work in this country. It must come from the grassroots.”

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Jimmy Carter, 93, talks about his new book: ‘Faith’

By Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

In his 32nd book, titled simply “Faith,” Jimmy Carter looks at how belief in God and others has shaped his 93 years.

“To me, ‘faith’ is not just a noun but also a verb,” the former president writes.

Carter talked about his new book and why he was scaling back on teaching his popular Sunday school class in Plains, Ga. The 39th U.S. president also explained why, after some consultation, he decided to speak at Liberty University’s commencement this May.

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