BLC Institute Programs

Transforming Conversations in Divisive Times: Meeting the Challenge in Communities of Faith

Please join us for an interactive skills workshop focused on introducing strategies for faith leaders to facilitate constructive dialogue in our polarized communities. (Breakfast snacks and registration will take place between 8:30 – 9:00 AM). 


MORNING (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Welcome, Introductions & Overview of the Workshop

Opening Dialogue:

Peacemaking – Inside and Out: Using the Internal Family Systems Model and Reflective Structured Dialog for Healing in Religious and Faith Communities

IFS Founding Developer Dick Schwartz

Essential Partners Executive Director Parisa Parsa

Table Dialogue & Discussions

LUNCH (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

AFTERNOON (1:00 – 4:30 pm)

Plenary Address, “Walking By Faith – Living Courageously within Faith Communities and the Larger Community” (1:00 – 2:15 p.m.)

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Pastor, New York, AME

Choice of Breakout Sessions (2:30 – 4:00 p.m.):

“Restorative Justice/Healing Justice” (Thomas Porter)

“Conversational Resilience: Listening and Speaking across Divides” (Robert Stains)

“Negotiating Across World Views” (Jeff Seul, Esq.)

“Managing the Tension Between Being a Peacemaker

and Fighting for Social Justice” (David Hoffman, Esq. and Rabbi David Jaffe)

Final Discussions, Q&A

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Implicit Bias Workshop: Proven Strategies for Raising Awareness and Counteracting Bias

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic with friends or colleagues?  Could your workplace or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making?  This one-day interactive workshop will help participants have a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to manage them.

In the morning, the facilitators will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from – essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in – as well as discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others. In the afternoon, the workshop will focus on strategies for counteracting bias, with small-group discussions of each strategy and how they might be implemented in the workplace.

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Workshop Agenda
MORNING (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Continental Breakfast
Welcome, Introductions & Overview of the Workshop
Opening Exercise:  Raising Awareness about Implicit Bias
Stereotyping Exercise and Discussion
Implicit Association Test:  Learning about Mental Shortcuts
Bias, Power & Privilege:  Understanding Privilege
LUNCH (12:00 – 12:45 pm)
AFTERNOON (12:45 – 5:00 pm)
Tools for Counteracting Bias
Using the Internal Family Systems Model to Understand and Address Implicit Bias
“Interrupting” Bias:  Small Group Exercises
Concluding Comments, Questions & Wrap Up


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