Nearly 300 Concordians ‘make their mark’ for civility

October 15, 2015 by

web-2013-Undated-PeaceLogoCOLORNearly 300 Concordian “made their mark” on this year’s Civility Pledge sponsored by the Year of Peace Committee.

The 2015 pledge — with 292 signatures — was published in the Concordia Blade-Empire today on page XX.

In 2010, when the committee first introduced the Civility Pledge, it garnered 244 signatures. In 2011, that number grew to 299, and then grew to 309 in 2012. The next year committee members asked state senators and representatives as well as members of the governor’s cabinet to join Concordians in making a public commitment to civility in “public discourse and behavior.” That resulted in a total of 243 signatures. In 2014, the Civility Pledge drew a record 313 signatures.

This was the sixth year the local committee has sponsored the pledge, where signers promise to be “civil in my public discourse and behavior” and “respectful of others whether or not I agree with them” and to “stand against incivility when I see it.”

In the past, the signature drive has taken place at the beginning of the year. But for 2015, organizers decided to kick off the signature drive during the National Night Out in early August and continue it into the school year with the hope of getting more students involved. The signature sheets called for signers to “make your mark” for civility.

For a PDF of the 2015 Civility Pledge, CLICK HERE.

Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who chairs the Year of Peace Committee, said that while it’s important to recognize this record number in the Pledge’s sixth year, it emphasizes an important idea no matter how often or how many make the promise of civility.

“This means being respectful despite our differences of opinion,” she said. “We want to get the message out, and then encourage everyone to live that message: That all people must be treated with dignity and respect.”

The Year of Peace Committee came together in late 2009 as a result of an “interest group” at the Community Needs Forum working lunches hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Anyone who wants more information about the continuing Concordia Year of Peace or would like to be part of the committee may contact Sister Jean at 785/243-2149 or by email at sisterjean@csjkansas.org.

Each year the Blade-Empire has generously donated space to publish the signatures.

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