Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Rally To Restore Civility

Are you tried of being told to pick sides? Liberal vs. Conservative. Moderate vs. Extreme. Democrat vs. Republican. Pro-Life vs. Pro-Choice. Pro-War vs. Anti-Military. Communist vs. Capitalist. Mainline vs. Evangelical. Protestant vs. Catholic. Christian vs. Muslim. Mac vs. PC. Are you tried of these false choices? Are you tired of the shock jocks like Sean Hannity and Michael Moore making it seem like we have to hate our friends and family on the other side? Are you tired of the loudest, most divisive voices taking up so much space on TV? Are you tired of some cable news choosing soundbites over nuance? Are you tired of the lack of civil discourse? The good news is that you're not alone!

Jon Stewart is tired of all that too. So he's going to host a Rally to Restore Sanity in Washington DC on 10/30/10. The rally is meant to gather people together who want to get beyond the overly simplistic and overly divisive "sides" that are often presented by politicians and the media. In the end, the event is supposed to rally people around ideas like civility, dialogue, and a more sane approach to real issues. Because of that, some people are calling it the Million Moderate March.

Faith UCC is going to host an Iowa City chapter of the Rally to Restore Sanity. But we're going to call it the Rally to Restore Civility. The purpose is the same: rally people around radical ideas like civility and respect.

We're going to explore Galatians 3:23-29 and its message for us today. Apostle Paul provides us with an excellent example of how to bring different "sides" together.

All are weclome this Sunday at 9:30am.

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