Civility, or sometimes the lack of, is what clearly defines a society or a community. How do we treat other people, particularly when there is disagreement or tension? Do we remember the basic humanity of the other person in our actions and in our public discourse, or do we dehumanize and demonize?
Civility is central to Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, our mission and work. We know it is imperative that civilty remain squarely in the forefront of every project, every action, and every statement we make. We don’t always get it right, but work hard to get better each day.
There are many different versions of civility pledges available from various organizations and efforts. They may have different words but all have similar themes. We offer one version here for your consideration. If you prefer a variation on the pledge, by all means adjust and modify to fit you. The point is that each person pledge to be more civil and work to maintain that pledge each day. And, if you make a mistake, just start again, recommitting yourself to the pledge and to be civil in your next encounter.
We believe if every person makes an effort to be more civil each day, the collective effort can only prove to make our society and our communities better for all of us.
Every day I pledge to do my best to:
1. Appreciate each person’s humanity.
2. Respect every person’s right to their own opinion.
3. Look for things in common, including common language.
4. Build trust in every relationship.
5. Value dialogue. Honor the results.