Making Dialogue Effective, Panel Discussion 2 - Effectiveness at the Grassroots: Seeking the Personal and the Genuine

Thu, 17 Nov 2011 19:30 in Discussion Forums

Where: Midlands Academy Mansion House, 41 Guildhall Lane, Leicester, LE1 5FR
Time: 19:30


  • Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra
  • Rev Canon Dr. John Hall (Director of St Philip’s Centre)


This discussion is the second in a series of six discussions exploring how to make intercultural dialogue (a term intended to imply all shades of dialogue, including interfaith dialogue) more effective. Panellists engaged professionally with intercultural and interfaith dialogue will focus on the quality of the relationships initiated through this dialogue. How can dialogue go beyond superficial interactions to promote deeper understanding and genuine relationship?

Questions to be considered:

  • What kinds of relationships are initiated through dialogue projects?
  • Do they go beyond the superficial level?
  • Do they involve genuine understanding of the other, and what kind?
  • Do they continue outside the context of the project or meeting?
  • What kinds of relationships do we want to be initiating?
  • In the experience of panellists and guests, which dialogue techniques, projects and activities
  • promote deeper understanding and genuine relationships?

Biography of Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra

Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra is an imam in Leicester and Chair of the Interfaith Relations Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain. Sheikh Mogra was educated at Al-Azhar University, Cairo and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Biography of Rev Canon Dr John Hall

Before he was appointed as the director of St Philip’s Centre Canon Dr. Hall was director of Social Responsibility for the Coventry Diocese. He is Chair of the West Midland’s Regional Faith Forum, the Bishop of Coventry’s Officer for Inter-faith work, and a Member of the West Midlands Regional Assembly. John’s PhD thesis, completed in 2006, was on ‘The Discourse of Race and Racism’ and he is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Birmingham.