Our programmes are completely bespoke and adaptable to participants’ needs. Interfaith Dialogue Facilitation and delivery of a project/ campaign which is aimed at building bridges that don’t crumble and strengthen resilience in the local community.
Our dialogue facilitator is experienced in Scriptural Reasoning, handling difficult issues with effective dialogue tools and enjoys running longer programmes as well as day events.
Interfaith Encounters can take almost any shape and are open to anyone, with the strict barring of missional/evangelistic activities of any kind. The main aim is to create a space where people can meet, talk and break down stereotypes. Sessions are usually issue based and can take the form of Havrutas (explained below) or other dialogue tools (such as ‘Fishbowl’ etc).
Havrutas (Scriptural Reasoning sessions), involving texts from the three Abrahamic faiths exploring topics like ‘Welcoming the stranger – the refugee crisis’ and building on common ground within each tradition. Usually a session would go as follows:
- Setting ground rules/ rules for dialogue
- Intro to the three texts by someone from that tradition
- Break into smaller groups to discuss questions
Can also involve ice breakers, open discussions, unpacking difficult topics etc. depending on the wants/ needs of the group.
Methods used (examples):
– Ground rules (Interfaith Youth Core example)
– 10 Dialogue Principles from the Dialogue Institute at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Longer, in-depth programmes
We have designed and priced up a sample programme which would be ideal for schools and community groups who wish to take the understanding of the ‘other’ further and include activism in their efforts: EXPERIENCED – Interfaith
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