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I grew up in Woodruff,South Carolina and graduated from Mars Hill College, Furman University, The University of Alabama and Louisiana State University. I received and Honorary Doctrate from Lander University and the Order of the Palmetto from the state of South Carolina. I am a Fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and was awarded the Honors of the SC Association. My first wife, Liz, died just before Hurricane Hugo struck Charleston in September, 1989. We have two wonderful grown children, Suzanne and Michael. I married Carol Steinbrecher in July, 1998. I have three of the world's most outstanding grandchildren: Christopher Smith, Christina and Colin Carnell. I have a sister, Jean, who walks on water. I was the President?CEO of the Charleston Speech and Hearing Center for 35 years. My passion is helping people and organizations communicate more effectively. I am the creator of Say Something Nice Day and Say Something Nice Sunday.All of my writing and speaking is aimed at bringing people together. My heroes are FDR, Jimmy Carter and Pope Francis. My favorite poet is Carl Sandburg. At Bill Clinton's first inauguration I stood through a concert of the Grateful Dead so I could sit through a concert with Peter, Paul and Mary. I have written devotionals for Reflections, Open Windows, and Secret Places and essays for www.ethicsdaily.com.
Mitch Carnell, a lay leader at Charleston's historic First Baptist Church, is concerned about a lack of civility in public affairs and church life. His concern has led him to edit an insightful book called "Christian Civility in an Uncivil World."
The essays are written by notable church leaders representing various Christian traditions. John Gehring and Alexia Kelley are Roman Catholic laypersons who write about mediating and modulating too much inflammatory rhetoric and negotiating the politics of the church they know and love.
The Rev. Sally Dyck, bishop of the United Methodist Church, Minnesota Conference, draws on a distinctive Wesleyan tradition she terms "Holy Conferencing." Dyck outlines an approach to negotiating and problem-solving designed to minimize the unfortunate consequences of a church life reduced to "winners" and "losers." She has adapted this approach from Methodism's founder John Wesley.
Another bishop, the Rev. Stacy Sauls of the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, Ky., who is also an attorney, writes with notable pastoral sensitivity concerning the conflict in the church he loves and serves surrounding the matter of one's sexual orientation.
In this essay, Sauls declares, "What We Need is More Maturity." Except I found myself wondering if the notion of being "more mature," however kindly presented, might still provoke anyone conflicted or threatened about such a polarizing subject.
Likely the most public of those writing in this book is the Rev. Richard Mouw, a Presbyterian and president of Fuller Theological Seminary.Read more ›
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