Compassion. Empathy. Kindness. Those are words suggested for our use in interacting with each other during tumultuous or unsettling times, as in this pandemic. They are also ways we can engage with each other every day.
In recent times, we’ve noticed that some neighbors, friends, and even family members are struggling to have respectful conversations. They’re struggling to truly hear what the other person is saying. We’ve heard stories of disagreements, tension, and in some cases, complete disengagement from existing relationships. Friends who aren’t friends anymore. Family members who avoid each other.
We believe compassionate communities are effective communities. To build the future we envision – a future where every community is a place of promise with opportunity and justice for all – we must all learn to engage with each other. If we can’t talk to each other with civility and respect, we won’t be able to find the common ground we need to live and work together.
That’s why NCCJ’s board of directors (a diverse group of people from across our community) is inviting you to join us in a new initiative that we’re calling Open Minds, Respectful Voices. It’s a set of Community Practices that represent a commitment to engaging in more respectful dialogue and actively listening to understand others’ perspectives.
We hope you’ll take part in this shared effort to practice engaging with others to build community. Please join us in a common focus on these Community Practices:
I will practice:
1. Listening respectfully and with patience to people who have views different than my own.
2. Speaking with empathy and without malice.
3. Encouraging and supporting efforts to bring people of different points of view together in our community to have empathetic and respectful conversations.
4. Discussing the importance of these Community Practices with children and grandchildren and modeling respectful communications in my public and private actions.
5. And I will invite other people to join me in signing these Community Practices.
Sign Your Name
You can sign publicly (to add your name to the list of signatories, below) or anonymously (to make a pledge to yourself.)
Staff will review your submissions and update the list below twice a day on weekdays.
Whatever you choose, be assured that NCCJ will never share or sell your information. Why are we asking you to sign your name? Click here to learn more.
We Believe in these Community Practices
A – G
Yubi Aranda Sandoval
Anthony and Charlos Banks
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard PLLC
Child Care Services Association
Communities in Schools of Greater Greensboro
Communities of Greater Greensboro/Dudley High School Program Site
Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro
Cone Health Foundation
Jennifer Cross Green
J. Michael Dawson
Alan and Pam Duncan
Elon University School of Health Sciences
Deborah Leiner Fields
Linda Ann Fitts
Marilyn Forman Chandler
Gate City Candy Company
Get Ready Guilford
Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
Greensboro Jewish Federation
H – M
Gin Reid Hall
Alison Whitman Jones
Joyce Richman & Assoc. Ltd.
Latino Community Coalition of Guilford
Gail and Gene LeBauer
LIFT Coaching and Consulting
Indira Lindsay Roberts
Rev. Holly Lux-Sullivan
Kara Hodge Marshall
Dawn and Stephen Martin
Gary and Alice Moore
Richard (Skip) Moore
N – Z
Next Ascent, LLC
North Carolina African Services Coalition
Ursula Dudley Oglesby
Parents as Teachers Guilford County
Ready for School, Ready for Life
Dabney and Walker Sanders
Susan Shore Schwartz
Lisa M Shoffner
St. James Presbyterian Church
St. James Social Justice Ministry
Sarah Kathryn Sullivan
Syngenta Crop Protection
The Social Impact Foundation
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Leslye Samet Tuck
UNC Greensboro / Leadership Greensboro
Dr. Betsy Walker
Ashley F. Wall
Erika Rain Wilhite
Ann Marie Wilson
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP