Thursday, May 13, 2010

allowing it to work

In Chicago, the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative's Discussions over Coffee event "brings together Jews and Muslims to converse about religion and traditions."
Deliberative dialogue works when it's allowed to work: when a context is provided and good will extended. 
There is no set structure but the audience dictates the conversation through questions and reflections. A clerical representative of each religion presents a portion of scripture or religious text then the group breaks up into smaller groups to discuss. Coming back together as a large group, audience members can present insights gained and ask additional questions.

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