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Facilitated dialogues

The use of a distinctive methodology for honest conversation, developed by Hope in the Cities, creates safe space where people from diverse and even polarized factions come together to wrestle with their divisions and work toward collaboration and respect. This effective model is used to design dialogues for faith communities, interfaith groups, non-profits, the private sector, and government.

Several curriculum models are available:

Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation and Responsibility

Hope in the Cities facilitates dialogues on "Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility" for community groups. This program is ideal for groups of 12-15 people from paired churches, civic associations, PTAs, or youth groups. Trained facilitators lead the group through a series of six two-hour dialogues or in a weekend model.

A call to Community Dialogue guide

Building Trust Across Divides of Race, Class and Jurisdiction

This second phase curriculum is based on both an academic and experiential learning model. The focus is on enhanced regional cooperation with an emphasis on understanding historical events that have led to present realities. The goal is to increase participants' capacity to build relationships of trust across divides of race, class, and jurisdiction in order to benefit the entire region. Ultimately participants learn to build collaborative strategies to take their region into the future.

This is important learning for corporations, local businesses, non-profit organization boards and staff, educators and civic groups.

For more information and to schedule a dialogue please email us.

Muslim/Christian Dialogue

Following the events of 9/11 a group of Muslims and evangelical Christians in Richmond, VA, piloted a curriculum for honest conversation. Their aim is to build bridges of trust and to discover opportunities to work together to build a healthy, inclusive and hopeful community.

The dialogue:

  • Enables understanding of different faith traditions
  • Affirms values held in common
  • Encourages critical self-assessments and acceptance of individual responsibility
  • Appreciates the role of history in shaping attitudes and fostering division
  • Builds bridges of trust


In the third year of dialogue the group issued a statement of Ten Agreements.

This curriculum is now available for use in other communities.

For the full story of this sustained dialogue initiative, Chapter 12 from the book Trustbuilding by Rob Corcoran, can now be downloaded.

The story of two Nigerian peacemakers told in The Imam & the Pastor and An African Answer, with the accompanying dialogue guide, provides another spring board for interfaith dialogue. To order the 2 DVD set and dialogue guide.



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• Listen carefully and respectfully to each other and to the whole community

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