Racial Equity Resource Guide

Guides & Workshops

A Call to Community Dialogue Guide

Hope in the Cities

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This is a six-session community dialogue program that has been exported to cities across the nation and serves as a model for dialogue programs in the U.K. and Europe. Its emphasis is on personal responsibility and self-awareness to enable participants to engage safely with others in honest conversation. Its approach emphasizes:

  • Listening carefully and respectfully to each other and to the whole community;
  • Bringing people together, not in confrontation but in trust, to tackle the most urgent needs of the community;
  • Searching for solutions, focusing on what is right rather than who is right;
  • Building last relationships outside our comfort zone;
  • Honoring each person, appealing to the best qualities in everyone, and refusing to stereotype the other group;
  • Holding ourselves, communities and institutions accountable in areas where change is needed; and
  • Recognizing that the energy for fundamental change requires a moral and spiritual transformation in the human spirit.

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