CIVIL DISCOURSE WHISPER COURSE
Fall 2019: Tuesday, September 3 – Friday, September 20
In the fall of 2019, the Kol Emeth community is partnering with Rabbi Steve Wernick and Congregation Beth Tzedec of Toronto, Ontario to explore Mussar practice on civil discourse.
Over a three-week period, participants will use the Whisper Course format to explore what Judaism teaches about how we might speak and listen across political divides, both within our Kol Emeth / Beth Tzedec communities and beyond.
Here’s how the Whisper Course format works:
- On Mondays, participants receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with study materials and an exercise to do on your own. (The Fall course will launch on a Tuesday, after the Labor Day holiday.)
- On Wednesdays, participants get another email with more materials, a practice activity to reinforce the concept, and an invitation to anonymously share their reflections on the exercises.
- The final email of the week will arrive on Fridays, featuring a summary of the week’s lesson and anonymous responses from others in the class.
Please register here: bit.ly/whispercivildiscourse
Questions? Please email us at email@example.com.
B’lvracha / ברכה (with blessing),
The Whisper Course Team
Rabbi David Booth | Rabbi Steve Wernick | Rabbi Sarah Graff | Ethan Kuniyoshi
FURTHER RESOURCES ON CIVIL DISCOURSE
- 5 Ways to Talk About the News with People Who Disagree With You
- What is Essential: Bold Explorations in Community
- Having Real Conversations (Even With My Sister)
- National Conversation Project: #ListenFirst
- In the Age of Anger, A Yom Kippur Lesson from Rav Kook
- This Experiment Has Some Great News For Our Democracy