Civil Discourse - the lifeblood of civic engagement


Civil discourse can be lively, engaging, passionate—even widely divergent, strongly held views can be discussed reasonably. We embrace and encourage a positive, optimistic—yet realistic—perspective, and the exploration of issues with an eye to finding solutions, exploring opportunities, seeking creative, innovative approaches.
April 16, 2019

Civility and Citizenship

Civility and Citizenship What is the relationship between civility and citizenship? When we talk about being a “good” citizen, what do we mean? How does incivility weaken citizenship? Can we preserve, let alone strengthen, citizenship […]
January 18, 2019

On Civility and Power, Part III

In exploring the relationship between civility and power, this series has sought to explain why we must reject “winning at all costs,” “ends justifying means,” and “might making right” as norms governing our political (and […]
January 18, 2019

On Civility and Power, Part II

How can we have civil conversations about complicated issues? What specific steps can we take to restore trust and confidence in our capacity to solve complex problems? Is it sufficient just to re-establish strong emotional […]
November 9, 2018

On Civility and Power, Part I

What is, or should be, the relationship between civility and power? Is civility compatible with, or even possible in, situations perceived as a struggle for power? Does civil discourse require “neutrality?” How does the loss […]
October 23, 2017
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On Being a Truly Inclusive Community

What does it mean to be a truly “inclusive” community? Is being “inclusive” even possible in a fractious age when we seem all too willing to make sharp, impenetrable distinctions between “us” and “them?” Is […]
June 21, 2017

Introducing US

United Sequim (US) for Sequim Schools is a group that was formed following the Sequim Community Plus meetings that focused on how best to support and promote our schools. The desire to build more positive […]
June 20, 2017
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Friends of Whimsy Park

Whimsy Park is looking for a few (more) good friends! Transforming a vacant lot into a park was a true community effort with a lot of help from a legion of “friends” who contributed their […]
March 23, 2017

Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms in Sequim

What do we mean when we say Sequim is a friendly community? How accepting are we, really, of those from widely different backgrounds, experiences, beliefs or convictions—and how do we know that? How can we […]
January 31, 2017

Hatred and Civility in Sequim–A Community Conversation

On January 19th, CommunityPlus hosted its latest “Conversation on Our Community,” tackling the difficult subject of hatred. Prompted by a recent incident at the high school, the goal of the conversation was to answer the […]
January 11, 2017

Civility and Hatred

What happens to a community when hatred rears its ugly head? Can a community engage in civil discourse about an instance of flagrant racial hatred? Does the discussion itself pose a risk of being divisive, […]
November 29, 2016
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Promoting Our Schools = Promoting Sequim

How can we support and promote Sequim’s schools? What have we done—and what can we do—to recognize and show appreciation for the remarkable teachers and staff who instruct, guide, watch over, and inspire our children? […]
November 5, 2016
Sequim High School

Realizing Sequim’s Great Potential

How should we go about realizing Sequim’s great potential? How can we do that? What challenges are we likely to confront and how can we overcome them? What opportunities should we look for and explore? […]
October 29, 2016

Civility in Our Community

What do we mean by civility—by being civil to each other? Does it really matter if we don’t treat each other with courtesy and respect? How can civility help strengthen our community and enhance our […]
August 17, 2016

The Sense of Potential Defining Our Community

What do we share as a community? How can Sequim, this remarkable, special place, become even more livable and lovable? What does our community need to work on? How should we prioritize our challenges? How […]
July 6, 2016
Sequim Community Plus

What We Share As a Community

What makes a community? What makes this community—our community? What is the emotional connection we feel toward this place—what do we love about our community? These were some of the key questions a group of […]