Selected Resources on Civility


Bishop, Bill. The Big Sort: Why Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart. New York, NY.  Mariner Books, 2009.

Carter, Stephen L. Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy.  New York, NY.  Harper, 1998.

Davis, James Calvin.  In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us.  Louisville, KY.  Westminster/John Knox Press, 2010.

Guiness, Os. The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It.  New York, NY.  HarperCollins, 2008.

Mouw, Richard J. Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World.  Downers Grove, IL. InterVarsity Press, 2010.

Nivola, Pietro S. and Brady, David W.  Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics. Vol. 1.  Washington, DC. The Brookings Institution Press, 2006.

Palmer, Parker.  A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey toward an Undivided Life. San Francisco.  Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Palmer, Parker.  Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.  San Francisco, CA.  Jossey-Bass, 2011.

Pratkanis, Anthony and Eliot Aronson.  Age of Propaganda: The Everyday Use and Abuse of Persuasion.  Revised edition.  New York, NY.  Henry Holt/W.H. Freeman, 2001.

Putnam, Robert D. and Campbell, David E.  American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us. New York, NY.  Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Rouner, Leroy S., ed.  Civility.  Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion, v. 21.  Notre Dame, IN.  Notre Dame Press, 2000.

Schirch, Lisa and David Campt.  The Little Book of Dialogue for Difficult Subjects: A Practical, Hands-On Guide.  Intercourse, PA.  Good Books, 2007.

Tannen, Deborah.  The Argument Culture: Stopping America’s War of Words. New York, NY.  Random House, 1998.


Being a Civil Voice in Uncivil TimesResources from the United Church of Christ and Faithful Democracy, including “Tips for Faithful and Respectful Discussion.”

Center for Courage and Renewal – Healing the Heart of Democracy Program.  Action Circles based on Parker J. Palmer’s Healing the Heart of Democracy

Civil Discourse Curriculum from the Episcopal Office of Government Relations. A five-week curriculum to help better understand and practice civil discourse particularly as it relates to politics, policy, and legislation.

Everyday Democracy (Formerly Study Circles Resource Center).  Helps people with different backgrounds and views talk and work together to create communities that work for everyone.

Faith and American Politics. Curriculum designed to introduce a set of skills designed to raise the level of respect and civility present in conversations involving faith and politics.

Lombard Mennonite Peace Center One of LMPC’s programs available to groups is a workshop in conflict transformation suitable for church retreat days, weekend community workshops, or as part of a weekly adult education series.

Moral Deliberation Resources: Resources for Congregations to Become Communities of Moral Deliberation (ELCA).

Oshkosh Civility Project.   An ad hoc community-based group advancing the cause of civility in order to enhance interpersonal effectiveness in order to build and strengthen the social fabric of our shared community.

Patriocracy.   A film that seeks to answer the questions: How bad is it in Washington? Has the political environment always been this angry, this gridlocked, this broken? And what can we do about it?

Public Agenda.  Seeks to contribute to a democracy in which problem-solving triumphs over gridlock and inertia, and where public policy reflects the deliberations and values of the citizenry.

Public Conversations Project.     Prevents and transforms conflicts driven by deep differences in identity, beliefs, or values.

Speak Your Peace, a civility project of Incourage Community Foundation (River Falls, WI), based on Nine Tools of Civility and the wish for the “peace” in “Speak Your Peace” to be taken to heart.

World Café. Using seven design principles and a simple method, the World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations that matter, offering an effective antidote to the fast-paced fragmentation and lack of connection in today’s world.

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