Civility in the modern age is under attack from many quarters in what seems to be an increasingly polarized world and nation–and even extending right down to our local community. What can we do to reverse that trend? Locally, our own Wilton High School students have taken a very positive step by proclaiming compassion as their watchword. How do we promote that and other civility-enhancing steps in our own lives?

On Tuesday, May 8, from 7-8:30 p.m., the Wilton Clergy Association, Wilton Interfaith Action Committee (Wi-ACT) and the Wilton Library are hosting an Interfaith Lecture called “Civility in an Age of Conflict,” an informative and interactive program that will explore these questions. Following presentations by the two main speakers, four members of the Wilton Clergy Association will each provide their own commentaries. A question-and-answer period with the audience will follow along with concluding comments. The event will be held at Wilton Library.

The speakers are Dr. Purnaka L. de Silva, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy, a small think tank covering forced migration and human trafficking via Libya and the Central Mediterranean route as well as the terrorist threats posed by extremist groups such as ISIS; and, Azza Karam, Ph.D., senior advisor on culture and social development at the U.N. Population Fund and coordinator/chair of the U.N. Inter-Agency Task Force on Engaging Faith-Based Organizations for Development.

There is no charge to attend but donations are always welcome. Registration is strongly suggested. Register online or call 203.762.6334.

The Wilton Library is located at 137 Old Ridgefield Rd..