Congregation-based Dinner Dialogues

Know Your Neighbor: Interfaith Learning Sessions and Dinner Dialogues

IFC sponsors interfaith learning sessions and dinner dialogues hosted by different religious congregations in the metropolitan DC area. These events give participants a chance to learn things they’ve always wanted to know about their neighbors’ faith tradition and to reflect and share in small group dialogues through the lens of their own experience and tradition. Host religious communities provide a simple vegetarian meal for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re congregation is interested in hosting, please contact: [email protected]



Home-based Dinner Dialogues

Around the table, over a simple meal, people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds come together to share food and offer their views on life and meaning. Participants are grouped in host’s homes in an effort to achieve religious diversity (the diversity of each group tends to reflect the demographics of our region). A trained facilitator appointed by IFC guides the discussion so that all feel welcome. Those gathered share around specific questions while the others listen in a spirit of openness and curiosity.

How it Works

Hosts volunteer through IFC to provide space for 6-8 to gather in their home for a shared meal and dialogue, and they serve as the point of contact for the group. Approximately 2 weeks in advance they will be given further instructions about what needs to be communicated to the group.

Facilitators are trained by IFC and they guide each group discussion. Based on resource material provided by IFC, they moderate the conversation in a way that creates a safe space for all to share and listen.

Participants register through IFC to be placed in a host home for a grassroots interfaith dinner dialogue. They will receive more information from their host approximately 2 weeks in advance of the dialogue.

All share a meal and dialogue together around thought provoking questions based on broad themes present in nearly all faith traditions and worldviews. Hosts will instruct participants as to how the food will be handled.

If you wish to organize your own Dinner Dialogue you can request to use IFC’s Resource Material,  here.