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'Civility Project' Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Free Program Series

The Civility Project, which is an ongoing project that reminds citizens of the importance of respect in matters of public discourse, is celebrating its one year anniversary this week. To honor the occasion, leaders of the project, including members from the Library Center and Community Foundation of the Ozarks, will be hosting the free program series called “Building Common Ground: Discussions of Community, Civility and Compassion.” The program series includes poetry readings, photo exhibits and a soup dinner. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

A group of community members and organizations came together a little over a year ago to work with non-profits and civic groups in an effort to come to an understanding of how to work together peacefully. Now, those partnerships have grown and flourished.

Some of the events in next week’s series include:

·        Next Thursday, March 1, Dr. Randall Fuller, English professor at Drury, will lead a book discussion in the Brentwood Branch community room. The book is called “The Civically Engaged Reader: A Diverse Collection of Short Provocative Readings on Civic Activity.”

·        On Friday, March 2, members of the MO Poetry Slam Springfield will work with the public to create Greene County’s own “Poem for Compassion.” Also, you can see a short film and be able to sign the international Charter for Compassion document. Winners of the Civility Photo Contest will be displayed that night.

·        On Tuesday March 6, a free soup dinner will be prepared by the Cook’s Kettle restaurant. During the dinner, members of the public can listen to an interfaith discussion about how cultures of different faiths offer different approaches to social and domestic problems in the world. Registration is required.  

·        On Thursday March 8, the Moxie will host a film and discussion. The film is called “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate” and will start at 5 p.m. Community members can watch the documentary, which will explore a range of stories concerning personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. Rev. Mark Struckhoff from the Council of Churches of the Ozarks will lead that discussion about forgiveness.

For more information on the series, you can call 417-616-0564.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.