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Dialogue

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World Café at school

“Dialogical tools such as World Café are really helpful in introducing students to ways of talking about serious topics, and for managing conversations where there may be different, strongly-held opinions,” says The Rev’d Gillian Moses from St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School

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Learning the art of conversation

“Conversation enables parents to learn about their child. At the same time, parents are contributing to their child’s learning and construction of meaning…Conversation enables connection and reinforces the critical bond between a parent and child, reflecting the shared love and trust that contribute to a positive wellbeing,” says Chris Curtain from Matthew Flinders Anglican College

Homilies & Addresses

2022 Brisbane Peace Lecture

“Our Country, our land, is integral to who we are. Our culture is a gerontocracy, which means that our Elders, our old people, lead decision making in communities, and are the cultural authority in our communities. The fundamental normative principle is that decision needs to be driven by community. So we designed a process that would enable us to seek advice from communities via a structured, deliberative dialogue process,” says Professor Megan Davis

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Balancing power and love in our everyday communication

“Learning how speech acts work and deploying them skilfully is like carrying around a very handy box of tools, drawing on the tools that are best suited to the purpose. This can enable us to walk the delicate balance between power and love in the everyday communications of family, work or church life,” says The Rev’d Michael Wood

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Talking circles: 8 tips for hearing the wisdom in the room

“I first encountered a talking circle at a Quaker Sunday service in a circular room on a rainforested hill in the Brisbane suburb of Kelvin Grove. I entered the room to find people sitting in silence in a circle of chairs around a small central table…With the recent shift back to in-person gatherings, talking circles are a great way to foster dialogue, with hybrid in-person/digital options also possible. Here are eight tips to make your talking circle space suited for dialogue that matters,” says The Rev’d Tim Booth, Ministry Development Officer from the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission