My Relief Society's Constituition Class
Recently, I got an email talking about an upcoming Relief Society class series where we’d study the U.S. Constitution. I’m intrigued by the idea of this course of study and think it could be worthwhile. Heavens knows, I need to know more about the Constitution. But, I’m worried about mixing politics and religion in a Relief Society setting. At first, it seems like a class on the Constitution would be politically-neutral, but gosh, I’m not sure. I think of some of those Amendments and I wonder…can it be?
On the one hand, I think it could be terribly productive and enlightening to have a variety of readings and vigorous debate in class. It would do me good to have my political beliefs questioned and to tear down some stereotypes I have about those who’s opinions differ from mine.
On the other hand, I’m worried because it looks like we’ll be following a study program from a conservative think-tank. And, though I just said it’d do me good to examine my beliefs more closely by looking at those views on the opposite end of the spectrum, I think it’s only fair that we do some readings that show the class a variety of political rhetoric and beliefs.
One thing that I really appreciate about this class is that the woman in charge has made it a point to ask if people would be offended or upset and has gone on to ask for additional reading suggestions. I’m also excited about the innovation at work here. While there’s the potential for this class not working, I think this is an imaginative and promising new idea.
Still, I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous about attending. I prefer to listen to vigorous debate rather than participate in it, and as far as I know, I’m the only female Democrat in my ward. So, I’ll go into this remembering that it’s important for me to be a part of this if only to learn more about political leanings that I don’t understand.
Have you been in a Church-sponsored class regarding politics? What was your experience?
Do you have ideas for books I can suggest for this class that are politically-neutral or even a little left-leaning?