In light of an unsuccessful campaign to become the president of my middle school as an eighth grader, I have no plans on entering politics and running for political office. Recently, however, I have been learning a lot about civic engagement, policy making, advocacy, and the larger realm of politics. Several days ago, I spent two days in Washington, D.C. continuing this education. And, while I wasn't able to play hoops with President Obama and throw him a couple elbows, I did have the opportunity to attend a briefing at the White House. While it wasn't as surreal as I expected, it was, nevertheless, a neat experience.
While I'm not able to disclose too much information about this gathering, we had a conversation on an issue that I feel like I'm hearing and reading about quite often: the topic of civility -- particularly around the discourse of politics.
Ahhh, the conversation of politics.
As I shared with my church recently, I'm not looking forward to the next election season in two years. If folks thought that the most recent presidential election was intense, heated, and vicious