Listen First - Then Talk  


America was built on a foundation of civil discourse and it is a skill that is still needed today. In the early days of the country, civil discourse was played out in courtrooms, taverns and on street corners.


Today, the discourse is on Facebook and Twitter, and it's often far from civil.


Building on the work of Frankfort's "On the Table" conversations, the Paul Sawyier Library's public outreach work, the initiatives of several churches and community groups, this Committee will seek to provide opportunities for bringing folks together to "Listen First - Then Talk."


On Monday, March 18, 2019, the Together Frankfort Coordinators Team voted to affirm the Charter for Compassion & to support it as a Partner Organization. We encourage each Together Frankfort member to carefully review the Charter, and if you so agree, to sign on as a personal member.

The Frankfort Interfaith Council discussed the Charter with Frankfort city commissioners and Franklin County Fiscal Court. The Council is hosting a community meeting about the Charter on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 2 PM, Paul Sawyier Public Library.

The Charter for Compassion is a document that transcends religious, ideological, and national differences. Supported by leading thinkers from many traditions, the Charter activates the Golden Rule around the world.

The Charter for Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.


In addition to the work on becoming a more compassionate community, Together Frankfort members have participated, and continue to participate, in the "On the Table" conversations. Others are also involved with a partner organization, Focus on Race Relations - Frankfort, or FORR - Frankfort, which focuses on addressing racism in our community.


We can do this folks -- be a part of bridging the uncivil divide in our world. Click here to sign up for work with this Committee.  Co-chaired by: Gae Broadwater and Mary Lynn Collins.



Resources:


All Sides


American Association of Colleges and Universities


Big Tent Nation


Bridge Alliance


Charter for Compassion


Frontline Research & Learning Institute


Jefferson Center, Akron, Ohio


Kentucky Humanities Council - Kentucky Reads, Democracy & the Informed Citizen 


National Conversation Project


National Institute for Civil Discourse


National Issues Forum


Southern Poverty Law Center - Teaching Tolerance Project

​Together Frankfort: Civic Engagement

Together Frankfort