Welcome to Breaking Bread’s information page. We are so glad you are interested in becoming a host.
To host a Breaking Bread dinner, you’ll need:
1. ONE table. You’ll be having one conversation around a shared space.
2. From 4 to 10 guests. You’ll be inviting a small, diverse group of folks to engage in a single conversation. In this case, bigger is not necessarily better – you want a table you can manage and create connections that are deep. Invite your guests with intention — your group will be diverse across race, age, gender identity, etc. Too often we find ourselves in conversation with people who look like us and think like us. A diversity of voices cultivates honest conversations. This is a unique and radical space. Here is some suggested language for your invite!
3. A Breaking Bread Tool Kit. You will be facilitating a conversation that explores identity, each others’ unique perspectives, our racial differences and ultimately builds connections through deep sharing and listening. Identify guests who have an interest in talking about these chosen issues. We will provide you with a thorough agenda for the evening – from icebreaker to closing reflection. We’ll be there every step of the way and talk you through techniques to take the conversation further.
4. Food. This is entirely up to you! There is nothing quite like the intimacy of eating a meal together. Order out for pizza, put a call out to your guests for a potluck, or cook your guests your favorite meal. This is fuel as you share, reflect, and connect with each other.
5. An icebreaking topic-related question that you ask before your evening of Breaking Bread. As a part of your Breaking Bread Tool Kit we’ll provide you with invitation language and an opening question. You will ask your guests to meditate on a prompt or read a shared article or book. This opens the circle. Ask your guests to go share authentically, as Breaking Bread is meant to create a space for people to connect and go deep with each other.
The progress of the evening:
1. You will have one conversation. Throughout the evening, the whole table listens when a guest speaks. Building community means hearing every voice.
2. 100% engagement. Rarely are we engaged with our full attention, without any distractions. Ask your guests to turn off their cellphones (yes, that means no googling for answers). The solutions are at your table.
3. Compelling Questions. We will provide you with a moment by moment agenda for the evening; a short list of questions and story circle exercises to facilitate a powerful dialogue.
4. Storytelling. We believe in the power of storytelling as a revealer of truth and connector of people of all walks of life. You’ll get comfortable asking your group to share. Your job will be to make sure everyone’s voice is heard! Begin by asking for each guest to share a reflection on the question or material that was shared before the evening. Encourage guests to get personal, the evening is about honesty, reflection and authenticity.
5. Let it flow. Micromanaging can stunt the natural direction of the discussion. Let passion and interest lead the conversation.
6. As the host, invite all voices to engage. You’ll curate a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Creating space for participants to share will always add to the conversation (“Faiza, I know [something you know about Faiza and her passions], I’d love to hear what you think about this”). The more perspectives on an issue, the more creative and imaginative the evening will be. (Often the ones who haven’t spoken have the most to contribute.)