Civil discourse

We continue to hear buzz about the record-setting number of events held last month as part of National Catholic Sisters Week.

One of those fascinating events took place at an all-girls school in Rocky River, Ohio, where Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, led an event titled "Civil Discourse: How to Have Difficult Conversations." More than 150 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, the Conference of Religious Leadership, the Coalition with Young Adults and an NCSW mini-grant. 

Sister Janet shared insights on "humble love" and how to meet people where they are. She spoke about resisting ego and not flaunting authority. Sister Janet also addressed methods to own one's anger and direct energy away from it in a positive way. In true civil discourse, she explained, the goal is not to win an argument but to live together in truth. 

The conversation was captured by a talented Cleveland-based graphic recorder, who created a brilliant poster. And the Diocese of Cleveland published a news story about the gathering

Our hearty thanks to Sister Janet and her team for putting together such a thoughtful, energizing event in honor of National Catholic Sisters Week! 

About Christina Capecchi

Christina Capecchi is an award-winning journalist from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She is the author of the nationally syndicated column “Twenty Something,” which appears in more than 50 Catholic newspapers across the country. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, America, The Chicago Tribune, The Star Tribune and The Pioneer Press. She also provides contracted editing and writing services. She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Mount Mercy University.