with the opportunity to see a separate theatrical presentation in Duluth this weekend
The Children of Abraham Project
inspiraton from Detroit's Muslim, Jewish, and Christian youth
(Duluth News-Tribune article: Play's powerful lesson is peace)
Saturday and Sunday September 18-19, 2004 Duluth, Minnesota
on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior
Best Western Edgewater Hotel
Dialogue Weekend Reservaton: $60
Fee paid at meeting provides four kosher/hallal meals, printed materials, Sunday performance. Confirm space by e-mail to: LTraubman@igc.org
Hotel Room Reservation: $124/night, includes tax
Total room rate, for up to four occupants. Make hotel reservations today. Ask for DIALOGUE group rate.
On your own. Don't delay.
Participants begin arriving in Duluth and checking into the hotel.
Early arrivals may go to Shabbat services. or eat together and relax.
9 a.m. -- Welcome. Begin introductions with personal stories.
LUNCH -- Meal together with intentional conversation. (All meals are hallal/kosher.)
AFTERNOON -- Continue introductions. Inspiring video. Principles of Dialogue, Change. Questions. Rest. Lake walk.
DINNER -- Eat together. Intentional conversation.
EVENING -- Continue questions. Beginning and sustaining Dialogue. Outreach. Close with inspiration.
8 a.m. -- Concluding session. Assimilate personal insights, intentions, needs. Close with inspiration.
10 a.m. BRUNCH -- Eat together. Check out. Store baggage.
11:30 a.m. -- Proceed by hotel shuttle to St. Scholastica's exquisite Mitchell Auditorium.
1:00 p.m. -- "The Children of Abraham Project" closing experience, with audience interaction. (article 1) (article 2) (article 3)
LATE AFTERNOON -- Shuttle back to hotel. Leave for home.
EVENING -- Locals and others may wish to meet, eat and assimilate the weekend experiences.
"The Children of Abraham Project" is on the Web at http://thechildrenofabrahamproject.org/
The Mosaic Youth Theatre, Detroit, MI -- Contact: Brenda Rosenberg at BrendaStyle@comcast.net or 248-594-1545.
1. Story as Entry to Dialogue
"An enemy is someone whose story we have not heard." Dialogue begins with Story, and with compassionate listening. The prescription is to listen to everyone - even to the "enemy" - without "yes, but." And not just when it's easy, but when the wind is blowing 100 miles an hour. Like now.
2. The Process of Social Change Through Dialogue and Expanding Identification
Social change needs Time. It begins with individuals - Innovators and Early Adapters, in Dialogue with others, even "enemies." One Listens compassionately to learn from the "other," to discover together a new social intelligence. Energy, once wasted "against" "enemies," is in a new, creative capacity to respond. The "action" of Dialogue is relationship-building -- widening and deepening the ever-increasing circle. With Dialogue comes discovery of a stronger faith and sense of self, and Expanded Identification to include all of humankind and life.
3. Beginning, Maturing, and Growing A Dialogue
Want to begin a Dialogue Group where you live? This is a how-to! Finding Dialogue partners. Conducting first meetings. Establishing a dependable core group. What Dialogue is and is not. Dealing with dynamics. Deciding when and how to begin outreach and public offerings. Working with the media. Widening the circle. Finding balance of Dialogue and Advocacy.