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Bridging Divides: Navigating Information Silos and Fostering Dialogue in Diverse Communities

Bridging Divides: Navigating Information Silos and Fostering Dialogue in Diverse Communities focuses on navigating information silos and emphasizes critical analysis of media consumption habits and the impact of echo chambers on societal discourse. This module aims to encourage diversity within communities, particularly in religious and social settings, and includes engaging with case studies and discussions. Techniques to foster constructive dialogue across divides are explored, promoting empathy, understanding, and reconciliation. Themes of unity, mission, and collective action are examined, culminating in a communal blessing to foster unity and gratitude towards shared goals.

In today's world, navigating through diverse perspectives and fostering meaningful dialogue amidst polarization is crucial. This offering, 'Bridging Divides,' provides valuable communication strategies aimed at promoting understanding and unity in a divided society.

 

This module will run multiple times. Choose your preferred section below.
For groups of four or more participants, please contact learning@ptsem.edu for special pricing.

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September 9 – October 4, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, September 9, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, October 3, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

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September 30 – October 25, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, September 30, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, October 24, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

 

Related Program

Register for the related module Bridging Divides: Being Christian in an Election Year to explore the critical intersection of Christian faith, politics, and community in America's polarized landscape. Learn how to live your faith and foster unity in today's divided world.

Register for both modules as a bundle for a reduced price of $449!

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Course Highlights

  •   Critical Analysis of Media Consumption: Understand how to critically assess media habits and the role of echo chambers in shaping perceptions within communities.
  •   Techniques for Constructive Dialogue: Learn methods for initiating and maintaining dialogue that bridges divides, fosters understanding, and promotes reconciliation across different groups.
  •   Promotion of Diversity and Unity: Gain insights into promoting diversity within communities, particularly in religious and social settings, and learn strategies for building unity.
  •   Engagement with Case Studies: Analyze real-world scenarios through case studies that illustrate the practical application of communication strategies in overcoming societal polarization.
  •   Development of Empathy and Understanding: Develop skills in empathy and understanding that are crucial for constructive interfaith and intercultural interactions.
  •   Actionable Strategies for Community Building: Explore actionable strategies for mission-focused community building, including fostering collective action and achieving shared goals.

Who Should Join

Religious Leaders and Clergy: Designed for those looking to foster understanding and cooperation across diverse faith communities.

Members of Religious Organizations: Perfect for individuals wanting to deepen their knowledge of religious diversity and enhance interfaith dialogue.

Scholars and Researchers: Ideal for professionals studying the intersection of religion, politics, and society.

Students and Educators: Essential for those in religious studies, theology, or sociology looking to expand their understanding of interfaith dynamics.

Community Organizers and Activists: Tailored for advocates working to bridge divides and promote inclusivity across religious lines.

Advocates of Social Justice and Peacebuilding: For individuals committed to promoting social justice and peace through interfaith cooperation.

Curious Minds: Anyone curious about the challenges and opportunities of navigating religious diversity and polarization in contemporary society.

How It Works

 When:Sept. 9 – Oct. 4, 2024
Sept. 30 – Oct. 25, 2024

 Duration:4 Weeks, 4-6 Hours/Week
4 Weeks, 4-6 Hours/Week

 Format:Virtual Asynchronous
Virtual Asynchronous

 Price:$249
$249

 Credits:0.5 CEUs
0.5 CEUs

 

About Allen Hilton

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Rev. Dr. Allen R. Hilton is the Executive Director of House United, a non-profit initiative he founded in 2016 to address political and theological polarization by promoting collaboration and community building. With degrees from George Fox College (B.A.), Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Yale University (Ph.D.), Dr. Hilton has taught at St. Mary’s College of California and Yale Divinity School. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, he has served various churches across the U.S. In addition to his role with House United, Dr. Hilton currently serves as the Director of the Institute for Missional Formation at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX, where he lives with his wife Liz, their sons Sam and Isaac, and their labradoodle, Watson.

 

Enroll Today: Be the Change in a Divided World

Ready to make a difference? Register for Bridging Divides: Navigating Information Silos and Fostering Dialogue in Diverse Communities and start your journey towards becoming a catalyst for change in your community.

 

This module will run multiple times. Choose your preferred section below.
For groups of four or more participants, please contact learning@ptsem.edu for special pricing.

Enroll Now

 

September 9 – October 4, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, September 9, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, October 3, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

Enroll Now

 

September 30 – October 25, 2024
Virtual Synchronous Kick-Off Zoom on Monday, September 30, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)
Virtual Synchronous Closing Zoom on Thursday, October 24, 7:30-9:00PM (ET)

 

Related Program

Register for the related module Bridging Divides: Being Christian in an Election Year to explore the critical intersection of Christian faith, politics, and community in America's polarized landscape. Learn how to live your faith and foster unity in today's divided world.

Register for both modules as a bundle for a reduced price of $449!

Learn More