Engage in meaningful dialogue and discussion that allows for a logical premise and conclusion.
Choose statements grounded in empirical evidence — those that have been tested and proven through research and scientific inquiry.
Expect others to believe the validity of your words, and offer the same in return.
Assume Positive Intent
Approach people with the assumption that they want what is best for you, others, and the community at large.
Remain optimistic about a person’s words and actions — that those words and actions are ultimately good-natured.
Be open to constructive feedback for the sake of growth and understanding, and when in doubt, ask clarifying questions to uncover truth and intent.
Remember Context Matters
Remain aware that a person’s context and experiences often influence their understanding of themselves and the world. Be cognizant of your own background, and be open to what you might learn from others.
Try your best to look at things through different viewpoints, especially through a lens of equity and inclusion.
Treat each person as the unique individual God created them to be, and avoid making generalizations or assumptions.
Keep an Open and Inclusive Mind
Remain open to different perspectives, which help us uncover knowledge, truth, and greater understanding about ourselves and the world around us.
Remember that none of us has all the answers. We are constantly changing as humans and as a global community.
Extend grace and empathy — work to gain deeper insight into one another’s humanity.
Embrace Differences and Celebrate Diversity
Remember that our differences are what make us unique in God’s image.
Celebrate diversity and differences as an important part of our collective and communal strength. Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts.
Try your best to seek out relationships with people whose backgrounds differ from yours, and expose yourself to diverse experiences that aim to increase cultural competency.
Remember the power of the pause, and be thoughtful when responding to others.
Discern a careful approach to dialogue and discussion, using words and clarifying questions that seek to comprehend rather than convince.
Affirm others through active listening, and use words of encouragement and empathy to ensure others feel heard and that their words hold value.
Separate the Person from the Argument
Approach individuals with civility, dignity, and mutual respect, and be willing to leave the conversation with the same respect and dignity, even if you disagree.
Try not to let personal relationships or feelings dictate the flow or energy of the discussion.
Remain cognizant that people are constantly growing, learning, and changing, which means their ideas are, too.