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Concerning Building Bridges: Dialogues On Race and Other Issues of Our Time

The Building Bridges dialogue sessions are intended to be a cohesive dialogue program inviting participants to commit to recurring sessions covering topics such as Race and Children, Race and Race and Privilege, Black Lives Matter, Race and Immigration, Stop and Frisk, Stand Your Ground, etc. 

The sessions are designed for facilitators with limited training (at least one-day provided by the Kaleidoscope Institute).  Facilitators are required to use the “scripted” format to give instructions for each dialogue segment.  That is, read the italic-boldface paragraphs as if it is a script of a play. We do this because we want to ensure that the instructions are given clearly without the facilitators having to learn it by heart or give them extemporaneously.  A facilitation team can make the reading of the instructions more creative by dividing up the lines and, if appropriate, involve participants in the reading process.

Facilitators also need to be proficient in presenting a video or an audio recording as part of each session.  This means bringing the necessary equipment – computer and TV (or projector with screen) and sound speakers if needed. Facilitators should plan a test-run of the presentation before the session.  All videos, audio recordings and dialogue processes and handouts are available through a password protected page at the Kaleidoscope Institute website:  www.kscopeinstitute.org.

If participants agree to come to more dialogue sessions, facilitators are expected to build their proficiency by participating in KI training either in person or via our bi-weekly webinars provided by the Kaleidoscope Institute.


“Imagine every church and ministry in the diocese as a gracious place for truth-seeking on race and other important issues of our time. This movement will enable the diocese to not only empower every local community to move toward wellness and reconciliation but also enable our churches and ministries to be truly missional — manifesting Christ to our broken world.”

– The Rev. Canon Eric H. F. Law, Kaleidoscope Institute

“The only way we are going to see change in our increasingly violent world is by building bridges, not barriers, between cultures, economic systems and faith communities, among other societal groups.”

– The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno


Ever since the tragic shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Dallas in 2016, the Kaleidoscope Institute has been praying and discerning ways to respond that can be impactful, gracious and long lasting in the midst of our polarized communities.

With the election and the inauguration of President Donald Trump, the need for gracious dialogue among people with different perspectives, passions and experiences is even more urgent, not just on race but also other issues such as women’s rights, human rights, health, immigration status, freedom of press, religion, speech and assembly and others that directly impact our community.    

Building Bridges is a carefully designed and ever-expanding resource that empowers Kaleidoscope-trained facilitators to create courageous environments and encourage honest sharing of individuals’ diverse opinions, perspectives and experiences.  The emphasis on listening to understand each person’s contribution to the topic being addressed can feel counter cultural in an environment that values a debate.

Come and join us in establishing your church/organization as a gracious place for honest dialogue on challenging topics.  Expand the possibilities for reconciliation and transformation.


Process:

+ Recruit and Train Facilitators:

Invite at least 2 members of your church/organization to come to the Building Bridges Facilitator Orientation Training. (8 hours) 

Upon completion of the Orientation Training,

  • Facilitators will be given a password to access material from our website for  the first 3 dialogue sessions

  • A KI coach will be assigned to each set of facilitators to assist them in preparing and implementing the dialogue sessions.

+ Form Dialogue Communities:

Facilitators invite a group of 10-12 people from the church and neighborhood community to attend an initial dialogue on race relations. The goal is to achieve mutual understanding through deep listening and to explore further commitment to continue meeting as a dialogue group.

+ Further Facilitator Training:

Facilitators participate in monthly webinars.  Each webinar will include:

  • Introduction to new dialogue session

  • Additional facilitation skills

  • Feedback and support for preparing future dialogue sessions.

Upon completion of the webinar, facilitators will be given a new password to access material for the additional dialogue session.

Costs:

Individual rate:

One Day Facilitator Orientation Training:                     $75/person

Follow-up monthly facilitator training webinar:            $20/webinar

Church team rate:                    

Facilitator Orientation Training for a team of 5 people $325/team

Follow-up monthly webinar for the team                      $50/team

Ways to get a Facilitator Orientation Training in your area:

  • Complete the form on the KI website to express your interest in starting a Building Bridges program and we will get back to you to explore how we can make it happen.

  • Recruit at least 16 facilitators, contact the KI office and we will provide a Building Bridges coach/trainer to conduct orientation in your area.

  • Recruit at least 5 churches in your area and commit to making your churches gracious places for dialogue in your community.  Then contact the KI office and we will send a coach/trainer to provide the training.

  • Contact the KI Regional Director nearest your location and ask whether a Building Bridges Facilitator Training is being scheduled in your area.


We invite you to take the next step to be involved by completing this form:

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