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Public Version of REL 161 Religion in the New Media
REL 161 Religion in the New Media

Discussion Questions

Questions and reflections from Margaret Wheatley’s “.”
Thinking about the importance and role of conversation in community:
1. Conversation is the natural way we humans think together.
2. We can't be creative if we refuse to be confused.
3. It's not differences that divide us. It's our judgements about each other that do.
4. There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
5. Am I becoming someone I respect?
6. Reality doesn't change itself. We need to act.
Conversation Starters
Do I feel a vocation to be fully human?
What is my faith in the future?

What if we discover that our
present way of life is
irreconcilable with our vocation
to become fully human?
Paulo Friere
What do I believe about others?
Love is much more demanding than law. [[Desmond Tutu]]
What am I willing to notice in my world? [I also like the question - what do I notice?]

How did I get so lucky to have my
heart awakened to others and
they're suffering?
[[Pema Chodron]]
When have I experienced good listening?
Am I willing to reclaim time to think?

Sit down and be quiet.
You are drunk, and this is the
edge of the roof.
What is the relationship I want with the earth?
What is my unique contribution to the whole world
When have I experienced working for the common good?

We didn't save ourselves.
We tried to save each other.
A survivor, World Trade Center September 11, [[2001]]
When do I experience sacred?
What is our role in creating change?
Can I be fearless?

"Protest that endures is moved by a hope that far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence" - [[Wendell Berry]] #quotes

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. -Vaclav Havel #quotes [[hope]]

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