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-- Welcome to The Dialogue Project - Transforming Conflict - Embracing Difference - Building Communities --

Help us build trust,
relationships, and partnerships among
neighbors, citizens, and immigrants of different
faiths and cultures

 

Mid East Dialogues
Brooklyn
Mon. August 11, 2014

Manhattan
Wed. August 6, 2014

Westchester
Wed. August 20, 2014



Call The Dialogue Project at 718-768-2175 for more information.

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Speaking Across Differences

Community Empowerment Through Dialogues, Interfaith Outreach and Training

The Dialogue Project is invited to communities around the country to help develop Speaking and Connecting Across Differences programs. This model dialogue gathers adults and youth who find that their neighborhood dynamics change as immigrant populations grow. We bring people into each other's sacred and meeting places, breaking through the isolation each community experiences. People from the stoops, prayer rugs and pews learn how to surface our differences and find common universal values that they share.

Here are some pictures of the 2012 YOUTH DIALOUGE CORPS. and below the pictures is an adult program sample agenda.

Please email Clara@thedialogueproject.org if you are interested in developing a program in your area.

Maya and sueleha
learning how to hold differences.

Antonio, DaryAhn and Heba
reflecting each other's experiences.

SPEAKING ACROSS DIFFERENCES SAMPLE AGENDA

6:45-7:00 Sign in, Food, Mingling                                            
           
7:00-7:15 Name Go-Round
Guidelines
7:15-8:00 Small group dialogue (small groups of 3-4)

Last time we didn't get to the main issue places where your particular culture and values may differ from the larger society.
We are going to lead into tonight's question with an exercise where we ask you to speak from your I, from  your personal feelings and experience.

Exercise An experience from the I: I have experienced a cultural value or custom different from my own, and it made me laugh, cry, disturbed me, informed me, caused me to see something in a different way.  Speaking only from your personal experience, please share your experience with your group.

Have you experienced a conflict (within yourself or with someone else, a co-worker, on the job, at school etc.) because your values differed from the greater secular, civil culture?

Some examples:
  • pledge allegiance in school
  • swearing an oath on bible in court                 
  • young age marriage (Court has to approve)
  • legalized prostitution  newsstands selling/displaying magazines with scantily clad people on covers (some newsstands remove these, honoring concerns about modestly; others do not, honoring "freedom of speech" ideals).
8:00 - 8:30  Large group sharing of small group discussion