Doug and I heard an extremely painful story from a friend about conflict in a white family over Thanksgiving. In order to keep working at loving across differences, we want to share this from the Wisconsin Council of Churches:
“If your family is like most families, tensions can run high around the holidays with new stress, old arguments that still haven’t been resolved, and a few characters just to mix things up. This Christmas, those tensions might run even higher as people discuss the recent election. Rather than taking the bait and getting into arguments, why not try a different approach?
Discussion Questions and/or Responses:
If you were to design the perfect society, what would you want everyone to be able to experience?
Politics is about making our society livable and orderly. What things do you care most about that might make our society better?
It seems like this election really got under your skin. What are the most troubling aspects of the outcome in your opinion?
Some might argue that our politicians do best when we as communities are united in giving them clear directions about what we want. Those same people might argue that politicians are ineffective because they are getting such conflicting messages from their constituents. How might we try to build relationships to send more unified messages about what we need to our elected officials?
Even though people in our family might disagree about how to get to the goals, what goals for our family (society) do we all share?
How could we as a family build bridges with a broader network of people?
Imagine what life would be like if we made it our responsibility (and not politicians) to make our communities the way we want them to be. What would that look like?”