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Day of Dialogue – January 5, 2023

The Day of Dialogue, previously known as the Day of Truth, is held on January 5. It is the Christian group, Focus on the Family’s annual event to promote open dialogue. Focus on the Family does not want anyone’s view (which includes the Christian view) silenced, which is why they introduced the Day of Dialogue. The idea is that honest dialogue takes place without biblical views being bashed.

History of Day of Dialogue

Social divides seem stronger than ever. There are two days of dialogue in a year. Focus on the Family Day of Dialogue is on January 5. The National Day of Dialogue on the first Friday in April each year is held by educational organizations. Different schools and colleges have the event on different dates in April with themes such as “Purposeful Positivity.” Some campuses hold events on the Day of Dialogue to build a shared community between students, faculty, and staff. These dialogues invite all Americans to change the country’s state of division and polarization.

A documentary film “Dialogue Lab: America,” by Ideos was released at the 2022 Dialogue Day and is an experiment to find common ground to achieve a better future. According to the makers of the documentary, 12 students were filmed “across the ideological spectrum to come together in a dialogue experiment on political polarization. It includes behind-the-scenes footage and a guide to “developing empathetic intelligence.”

Any Day of Dialogue means to provide a safe space for dialogue about issues such as diversity, equity, and inclusion. Everyone has different perspectives and beliefs about issues. This creates an ever-increasing division between people, which can be solved if we discuss it. The Our Stories campaign of Dialogue Day is a “chance for students to strengthen their skills in empathy and communication in the classroom, and model empathy for their peers on social media.” According to some previous organizers of the day, the idea is to teach young Christians to treat others well even if they don’t agree with them. And that is the crux of the matter: differing opinions should not create division.

Day of Dialogue timeline

2005
Day of Truth

Day of Truth is founded by the Alliance Defense Fund and is later known as Day of Dialogue.

2020
Day of Dialogue

Saint Joseph’s University hosts its first Day of Dialogue, focusing on conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2021
F&M’s 2021 Day of Dialogue

A Day of Dialogue is held by Franklin & Marshall College, allowing its members to recognize their diversity, commonalities, and relationships with one another.

2022
National Day of Dialogue

National Day of Dialogue is held on January 5 by a coalition of organizations led by Ideos Institute, which is also a premiering day of a new documentary film “Dialogue Lab: America.”

Day of Dialogue FAQs

What is the goal of dialogue?

Dialogue is a focused conversation to increase understanding, address problems, and question thoughts and actions.

How can dialogue benefit a person?

It can improve relations and cooperation. It fosters respectful conversation on a broad range of public issues, policies, and topics. This encourages communication.

Is it easy to engage in a dialogue?

It is not easy, and it takes effort because you have to be willing to listen to what is being said and at the same time really think about your response. It is not just about airing opinions — it is an effort to understand what is being said.

How to Observe Day of Dialogue

  1. Start a dialogue

    You’ve probably experienced being given the silent treatment, or even giving it. The Day of Dialogue can be a day to avoid that kind of thing, and rather to start a dialogue to resolve issues you’re having with your partner or family.

  2. Listen to understand

    Commonly, people are listening only to reply to the other person. On the Day of Dialogue, change it up. Try listening to what the other person is saying to understand, not to reply.

  3. Learn from each other

    If we listen only to reply, we focus on thinking about the response. If we listen to understand, we can learn from one another because we pay attention to what the other person is saying. We can all learn from each other.

5 Facts About Bullying You Need To Know

  1. One out of five students get bullied

    In the United States, one out of five students at ages 12 to 18 has been bullied during the school year.

  2. Bullying can lead to many problems

    If bullying is not dealt with, other issues can occur, including depression and other mental health conditions, low self-esteem, and academic problems.

  3. Students skip school because of it

    Reportedly, more than 160,000 students skipped school out of the fear of being bullied.

  4. School shootings are caused by it

    Many school shooters are victims of bullying or persecution.

  5. The bullied can be bullies

    Those who are bullied sometimes bully others; it can be an endless cycle.

Why Day of Dialogue is Important

  1. It is important

    Dialogue with empathy and understanding is important. We can solve issues between partners, friends, or family. It can even be on a larger scale like a dialogue between nations to solve global issues together.

  2. It can result in understanding

    In dialogue, we’re not only thinking together but also listening to one another. By listening, we can then understand each other because we’ve already put our egos aside.

  3. It can beat prejudice

    Prejudice can come from a lack of understanding. When we are willing to try to understand other people’s perspectives, we can beat prejudice. And one way to achieve it is by having a dialogue with those you have a prejudice against.

Day of Dialogue dates

YearDateDay
2023January 5Thursday
2024January 5Friday
2025January 5Sunday
2026January 5Monday
2027January 5Tuesday

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