In order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, I will be posting a variety of resources and guest blog posts about ways in which ADP campuses or partner organizations are working to create teachable moments with which to engage students in conversations about the effects of 9/11 on our democracy and ways we can work collectively as informed, engaged citizens to affect positive change in our society.
Today’s blog post is adapted, with permission, from The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation’s August 29, 2011 Community News Story, “What will you do on 9/11?”
– Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project
With the tenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 right around the corner, our friends at Everyday Democracy have made available a new discussion guide, One Nation, Many Beliefs: Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy (2011) on their website.
This free discussion tool is adapted from a 2006 LaGuardia Community College guide. According to Everyday Democracy, the One Nation, Many Beliefs discussion guide is “designed to strengthen relationships and understanding across religious and philosophical perspectives as a foundation for talking about intergroup tensions and the role of religion in public decision making.”
While most people don’t blame religious differences for causing 9/11, in the aftermath of the tragedy, tensions surfaced between people with different religious beliefs. We were reminded of how these tensions simmer just beneath the surface when, in August 2010, a controversy erupted over locating an Islamic cultural center in lower Manhattan near Ground Zero.
This discussion guide can help us honor and remember the 9/11 victims by working together to create a more vibrant democracy that honors the voices of all of its people. It explains how to run a “dialogue-to-change” or “study circle” effort on your campus or in your community that will help foster relationships across religious differences and to explore the role of religion in our community and national lives.
To download the “One Nation, Many Beliefs” discussion guide in PDF form, go here.
Please let Everyday Democracy know if you use the guide and how it worked so that they can improve the guide. You can do so by emailing mrogers.bursen [at] everyday-democracy [dot] org.
To see NCDD’s original “What will you do on 9/11?” Community News story, go here.