Contact Jean Holsten, Our Director of Dialogue

Dialogue is a practice for our time, a time of growing complexity and perplexity that also holds a profound invitation to the human family. What if, rather than pulling back into silos and surrounding ourselves with the like-minded, we intentionally seek a creative common ground that yields far more than "You see it your way and I see it mine?"

       Dialogue Des Sourds (Dialogue of the Deaf) by Isabel Miramontes
What if rather than retreating behind walls that dam the flow of life between us, we step intentionally into what David Bohm calls a 'river of meaning:'
The word “dialogue” derives from two roots: “dia’ which means “through” and “logos” which means “the word”, or more particularly, “the meaning of the word”. The image it gives is of a river of meaning flowing around and through the participants.     Dialogue – A Proposal. David Bohm, Donald Factor and Peter Garrett (copyright 1991)

Dialogue is a core way Bread of Life fulfills its mission to cultivate attitudes, skills and practices that transform lives, organizations, and communities.
In 2015 we debuted our latest program, Dynamic Dialogue™ after 13 years of practice with a range of dialogue methodologies. This program offers an evolving set of concepts, skills, and practices designed to assist individuals and groups in recognizing and meeting the challenges life presents with others.

Dynamic Dialogue™ is an experience and a practice that cannot be understood from simply reading words on a page.

Participants are invited into an intentional practice with others that supports focus on their quality of presence and quality of engagement in concrete ways.

Dynamic Dialogue™ upholds two core orientations:

  • The Quality of Presence that allows a person to access their deepest values while  becoming genuinely open to learning
  • The Quality of Engagement that encourages others to do the same
Genuine quality of presence and mutual engagement allows a creative common ground to emerge between persons and in groups. Their development is actively supported through four distinct "ways of being", each with explicit practices:
  • Awareness
  • Compassion
  • Creative Freedom  
  • Interdependence

Come and see what this practice might open for you as a leader, as a team member, as one in a family or neighborhood, as a human being. It's time! Our world needs this work.

Personally, the practice of improving my Quality of Presence through awareness, compassion, creative freedom and inter-connectedness has becomes a personal spiritual practice. The practice of my Quality of Engagement is a commitment to bringing this practice into the world. I work with congregations who are usually in some distress, and I find these practices helpful and healing for all who participate.
Mary Richardson
Congregational Transformation and Covenant Renewal
Enhancing the Quality of Presence
individually and in groups