Civic Courage Journaling Project (Virtual) Gathering
Join this month’s Civic Courage Journaling Project gathering by following this link. The June journaling prompt is:
With all the divisions in U.S. public life, there are many people who say we need more civility and consensus-building around the issues that affect our lives. Others say some issues are just too urgent for civility and consensus-building. Based on your own experiences and values, how do these perspectives on civility and consensus-building resonate with you?
The Civic Courage Journaling Project creates opportunities for individual reflection and group conversations about personal experiences that have important, often hidden civic dimensions. Civic Courage, identified by the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Theory of Change as one of the capacities necessary for active and engaged citizenship, encompasses the ability to take risks, work through tension, be patient in the face of challenges, stay open and engaged, take responsibility for the foreseeable consequences of one’s actions, face changes bravely, and act in accordance with one’s core values and beliefs.
UMBC student, faculty, staff, and alumni journal bearers respond to prompts from the Center for Democracy and Civic Life by creating entries in their journals. Many journal bearers also share their reflections publicly through social media posts like this, art projects, or conversations at monthly gatherings.
If you’d like to be involved with the Civic Courage Journaling Project, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.