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.

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 Rule:

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.

The progress of the evening:

1. 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. 

2. 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.

3. Let it flow. Micromanaging can stunt the natural direction of the discussion. Let passion and interest lead the conversation.

4. 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.)
5. The circle. The opening and closing of the circle are the foundational bookends of the evening. As you began with all voices, end with all voices. As the evening draws to a close, pose a question and ask your guests to share —something they’ve learned, in what ways they were inspired, an intention moving forward, a word that expresses how they are feeling.

6. After your dinner create opportunities for further connection. If participants consent, share contact information with an email. You may want to convene this same group for the remaining of the Breaking Bread dates to deepen your connections and further the conversations.

A final thought:

Although we won’t actually be at your dinner table and sharing in the conversations, we are with you every step of the way. Your toolkit will have icebreakers, strategies, prompts, exercises and reflections at the ready for your evening. Ultimately you will guide the evening where it needs to go. We can’t wait to hear all about it!

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* 1. What is your full name?

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* 2. What is your preferred first name?

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* 3. What is your preferred email address?

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* 4. What is your preferred phone number?

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* 5. What is your racial or ethnic identification?

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* 6. What is your gender identification?

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* 7. What is your preferred pronoun?

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* 8. Breaking Bread is an intergenerational experience, please provide your age.

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* 9. What is your mailing address? 

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* 10. Which evening would you like to host? (you can select multiple!)

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* 11. Will you be co-hosting the evening? If so, with who? (Please note, only one Breaking Bread toolkit will be sent to the mailing address above, unless you request one be mailed to your co-host by emailing Project Pilgrimage).

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* 12. Please provide your co-host's email address.

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* 13. Where are you envisioning this evening of Breaking Bread?
(city and location)

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* 14. We encourage an intimate table of 4-10 people.
How many guests are you thinking of seating at yours?

We are thrilled that you will be hosting an evening of Breaking Bread.

We will be reaching out with all of the information you will need to begin planning an evening rich in conversation and community about a month and a half before your Breaking Bread dinner date. Watch for an email from team@projectpilgrimage.org!