A couple of years ago I was referred to the Boston Dialogues. This was an organization that was started by one man who wanted to get people from all different age, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in Boston to start talking about some of these tough issues. There was a small group of 10-15 of us who met at a school in our neighborhood, one night per week, for four weeks. Everyone was really honest and open, which really helped the process and almost everyone had something they wanted to get off his/her chest.
It was a great learning experience for me and I met many people in my neighborhood, some with which I am still in contact with and consider my friends. What I took away from it is how lasting the effects of any sort of discrimination are, and that there is a lot we can learn from each other.
A new dialogue session begins Wednesday, March 26 and will meet for four consecutive Wednesdays, until April 16. All dialogue sessions will meet from 6:30-8:30pm. Register online or call 617-318-1257.
Come on Boston - let's start talking!
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