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Around the table, people of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds come together to share a meal and offer their perspectives on life, faith and meaning. Participants are grouped in host homes in an effort to achieve religious diversity. A facilitator guides the discussion so that all feel welcome. Those gathered share around specific questions while the others listen in a spirit of openness and curiosity.

Please join the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (IFC) by participating in this grassroots movement, beginning in the homes of our neighbors, to create greater understanding and appreciation for the diverse sacred traditions that exist in our region.


How will I know where my dialogue group is meeting?

Two weeks before your chosen dinner dialogue date, you will be notified by IFC about your dialogue group and host location.

How are the dialogue groups formed?

IFC organizes groups of 6-8 people (not including host and facilitator) based on date preference, geographic proximity and religious/ethnic diversity. The diversity of the groups tends to reflect the demographics of our area - meaning groups typically include at least 2-3 representatives from minority religious/ethnic backgrounds.

What can I expect to happen at the dinner dialogue?

The dialogues typically take place around a table with food provided by the host and those participating. A facilitator guides the group through introductions and sharing of reflections based on the topic.

How can I prepare for the dinner dialogue?

There is no special preparation except to review the "Groundrules for Interfaith Dialogue" which will be sent to you in advance.

How does the meal planning work into the evening?

Your dialogue host will inform you about how they wish to handle meal planning. Some hosts prefer to provide the meal, while others ask everyone to bring something. Because of religious/ethical and health observances related to food, a set of food guidelines are offered by IFC to the host for their planning.

Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in a Dinner Dialogue?

The dialogues are designed for adult discussion. College-aged individuals and older are best suited for this program. For information on our specifically focused young adult Dinner Dialogue cafe, please visit our website at

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact IFC at with your questions.

For questions related to your particular dialogue group, please contact your host once that becomes available.

What's the refund policy?

We cannot offer refunds. However, you may offer your place to another by notifying IFC and your host of the change.

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