|One of the highlights of this year has been a regular meeting up with a group of student-age young people. They have loved the space to process their thoughts and world view.
The guidelines for dialogue have created a very safe space in which to express views, ask questions and listen carefully to someone else’s perspective.
This is how the participants felt about it:
“I enjoyed the conversations because it wasn’t really like anything like I had ever experienced before…it was one of the calmest conversations I have ever had. Everyone was listened to. I could acknowledge what I think is true and still sit down and listen to and understand another person’s view. It was very powerful to me.”
“I enjoyed discussing and listening to the differences between not just our own faiths but even the nuances between the same faiths, showing me that not everything is black and white.”
“I like that our differences became points of conversation and never contention.”
“Hearing everybody speak so freely about their beliefs while respecting others, made me feel more comfortable to share mine more often, and more curious to listen to others.”
Genuine friendships have developed in this group of young people which has been wonderful.