WASHINGTON – Working with the Faith & Politics Institute (FPI) and the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), a bipartisan group of 17 Members of Congress including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) is encouraging Americans to revive civility this holiday season, part of a joint initiative called “Setting the Table for Civility.”
Whip Scalise and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (pictured below) partnered to tape a video message together – one of three bipartisan pairings of members sitting together to discuss ways that Americans can repair relationships and build civility during the holiday season. Senator Angus King (I-ME), 14 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Chief Executive Officer Wylecia Wiggs Harris of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and Reverend Timothy Boddie, General Secretary at Progressive National Baptist Convention, also contributed videos for the initiative.
“A common theme throughout many traditions is the idea that we should aim to treat others as we would like to be treated,” said Joan Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Faith and Politics Institute. “At this time of year, we’re thankful that these Members of Congress are reviving the shared values that unite us as Americans and reaching across the aisle to create a more respectful environment in Washington and throughout the country.”
“We’re grateful to each of these leaders for lending their voices and views on the critical need to revive civility not only in Congress but in our homes, our neighborhoods, our places of worship and work all across the country,” said Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. “With the holiday season upon us, it’s time for all Americans to reflect on how we can bridge the divides between us, find ways to come together and treat one another with civility and respect.”
Public opinion polling shows that Americans feel our country is deeply divided, and the holiday season may be difficult for many families. But gatherings of friends and families also have the potential to bring people together over fellowship, shared traditions, and lasting relationships.
FPI and NICD are urging Americans to accept the challenge of really listening to and learning from each other during the holidays, and are asking Members of Congress to inspire Americans to come together.
Video messages include:
• House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MO)
• Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), and Pat Tiberi (R-OH)
• Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and John Moolenaar (R-MI)
• Representatives Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Peter Welch (D-VT)
• Senator Angus King (I-ME)
• Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL)
• Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
• Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
• Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL)
• Representative John Garamendi (D-CA)
• Representative Jim Himes (D-CT)
• Representative Mike Johnson (R-LA)
• Reverend Timothy Boddie, General Secretary at Progressive National Baptist Convention
• Wylecia Wiggs Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the League of Women Voters of the United States
• Joan Mooney, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Faith and Politics Institute, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse
About the Faith & Politics Institute
The Faith & Politics Institute is celebrating 25 years of bringing leaders together for the good of our nation through congressional pilgrimages, forums and dialogues that inspire leaders in public service across lines of ideology, race, and faith. Visit the Faith & Politics Institute at www.faithandpolitics.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.
About the National Institute for Civil Discourse
The National Institute for Civil Discourse, is a non-profit, non-partisan institute based at the University of Arizona dedicated to addressing incivility and political dysfunction in American democracy by promoting structural and behavioral change. Informed by research, NICD¹s programs are designed to create opportunities for elected officials, the media, and the public to engage different voices respectfully and take responsibility for the quality of our public discourse and effectiveness of our democratic institutions. Their National Advisory Board includes former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Herbert Walker Bush; former Senators Tom Daschle and Olympia Snowe; former Secretaries of State Madeline Albright and Colin Powell; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; and journalists like Katie Couric, Greta Van Susteren, and NPR’s Scott Simon.