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“Effectiveness in Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue: Can it be defined? How do we Measure it?”

Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Where: Birmingham City Council, Chamberlain Room
Time: 18:00
With: The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, Dean of Birmingham

Abstract

To explore how to make intercultural dialogue (a term which is intended to imply all shades of dialogue, including interfaith dialogue) more effective and to consider what aims agencies and groups concerned with dialogue have; what “effectiveness” means in view of these aims and whether, and how, the effectiveness of dialogue can be measured or monitored.

Questions to be considered

  • What is the point of intercultural/ interfaith dialogue?
  • Does it work?
  • What exactly are people involved in dialogue trying to achieve?
  • Given their/our aims, what does it mean for dialogue to be “effective”?
  • Can we, and should we, measure or monitor the effectiveness of dialogue?
  • If so, how?

Biography of The Very Revd Catherine Ogle

Catherine Ogle became Dean of Birmingham in September 2010. The Dean is responsible for the ministry of the Cathedral in its parish, in the City of Birmingham and the Diocese. She is a member of the Bishop’s core staff.

She was previously Vicar of Huddersfield, a town centre Parish Church. During this time she became a Canon of Wakefield Cathedral, served on the College Council of the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and was made Rural Dean of Huddersfield in 2009. She chaired the award winning ‘Interfaith Kirklees’ Schools project from its founding in 2004. Catherine was trained for the ordained ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge and served as a deacon for seven years before being one of the first women to be ordained as priest in the Church of England in 1994, at Ripon Cathedral. She served her curacy at St Mary, Middleton, in South Leeds and then took up an ecumenical appointment at BBC Radio Leeds as Religious Affair Editor for four years. In 1994 she became Vicar of three villages outside Barnsley and the editor of the Wakefield Diocesan newspaper. She is married to Robin Goater and they have one son, Thomas.

Her interests include all aspects of the arts. In her spare time she enjoys painting, taking exercise and cooking for family and friends.

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