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Healing the Heart of Democracy - Book and Discussion Resources
Wisconsin Council of Churches is recommending the following: Author Parker Palmer has recently released a new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy:  The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.  Palmer sees a valuable role for faith communities in renewing our civic life.  The Wisconsin Council of Churches Season of Civility Project  uses “Healing the Heart of Democracy” as a departure point for constructively addressing our differences, and by helping Wisconsin's religious community take the lead in modeling a more faithful and life-giving manner of civil discourse. Regional Training Workshops will take place in August/September.  The Milwaukee training is Sunday, August 26.  All Training Dates and Details on the Program are listed on the website including a Healing the Heart of Democracy Study Guide.  
Thirty-six regional and statewide religious leaders have called upon the citizens of our state to enter a "Season of Civility" amidst the partisan rancor of the recent recall campaigns and the anticipated divisiveness of the fall election cycle.  Read full statement here along with a full list of signatories. Laypersons can ask their religious leaders to sign the statement
Beyond Polarization Dialogues – Zeidler Center – August through November 2012
The Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion is hosting a series of “Beyond Polarization Dialogues”  and their training is Wednesday August 1, 2012 5:30 to 8:30 pm at 631 North 19th Street in Milwaukee.  This is Redeemer Lutheran Church which was Mayor Zeidler and his wife’s home congregation.  More information .
“Politics flow from the pulpit in good faith” 
If you missed the article “Politics flow from the pulpit in good faith” printed in the Journal Sentinel in July, here is another chance. The article includes an interview with Fr. Chuck Shramm, pastor, and Pam Lownik, social concerns director at St. Mary Hales Corners. It references the “Do Religion and Politics Mix” program that was held at St. Mary’s in March along with other local efforts and thoughts about civil dialogue.