A Kettering Foundation Center for Public Life


Deliberation involves the best parts of dialogue (conversational) and debate (argument) to offer an experience where participants can learn from one another by talking through different perspectives and approaches to local and global issues and working together to come up with community action steps.

Faith and Deliberation Baylor PDI collaborates with the Kettering Foundation and other national partners to produce resources specifically for students, faith communities, and local churches.
Resources Baylor PDI provides service to the university, city, county, and region by being available for special projects connected to public deliberation and collaborative decision-making.
Training Baylor PDI offers Deliberative Practice and Facilitation Trainings through our online certification program to prepare campus and community members to host PDI forums.
Associates and Fellows Program Members of the PDI community commit to take the deliberative model into their communities and classrooms, addresing important global and local issues.


More News
Feb. 19, 2020
‘Make Me an Instrument of Peace:’ Online course on civil discourse debuts
The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Department of Faith Formation, in partnership with ChurchNext, a ministry of Forward Movement, has released “Make Me an Instrument of Peace: A Guide to Civil Discourse.” This five-part online curriculum covers the following topics: civil discourse in context, tenets for civil discourse, values-based conversations, the complexities of policy, and sacred space for debate.
Dec. 14, 2019
Lend an Ear, Heart and Voice in 2020
Baylor’s Public Deliberation Initiative has been bringing students and citizens together for conversations about some of the most pressing challenges of our day. As part of these forums, I have been moved by people’s ability to share experiences and perspectives on matters of opioid addiction, immigration, gun ownership, climate challenges and more. I like their motto: “Doing democracy differently.”
Nov. 21, 2019
Victoria, TX Group utilizes to Baylor PDI Model to Enhance Civic Conversation, Listening
Nov. 17, 2019
Baylor PDI Model Inspires Center for Peace Victoria to Tackle Questions About Immigration
A group of Victoria residents spent their Friday evening willingly engaging one of the country’s most pressing, and often divisive, topics – immigration. The group was there for an organized discussion to consider questions like whether people who entered the country illegally should have a path to legal status and whether police officers should be required to check a person’s immigration status. Moderators followed a model established by the Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative, which emphasizes moving away from debating or seeing issues as only having two sides and instead encouraging participants to try to learn from each other.

Public Deliberation Initiative

Baylor Public Deliberation Initiative is a departmental program of Spirituality & Public Life sponsored by The Office of Spiritual Life with the support of the advisory board composed of Baylor staff, faculty, and community members.