Final Workshop: Amplifying the Conversation
October 8-10, 2023
Faith in the Story is a set of workshops that have initiated "trialogues" between faith leaders, academics, and journalists in an attempt to better understand each others' professions and toward the goal of enhancing public religious literacy. Each of our three trialogues -- Hindsight is 2020 (December 2021), Never Forget (August 2022), and Religious Futures (December 2022) -- invited five faith leaders, five academics, and five journalists from across the world (but largely the United States) to discuss their own work in religion. Media professionals unpacked "stories behind the stories" they tell in their reporting and writing, while faith leaders and academics offered constructive criticism of the media landscape and guidelines for successful partnerships between our professions.
In "Amplifying the Conversation" (October 8-10, 2023), our former trialoguers will return to reflect on what they have learned and what they think should happen next. Trios (one faith leader, one journalist, one academic) will discuss how to address serious problems that plague our professional lives and public understanding: unlearning religious stereotypes and boosting underrepresented voices; preventing, reporting on, and repairing institutional abuse; combatting sensationalism and fatigue; maintaining objectivity, trust, and moral witness; overcoming miscommunication and locating common ground. Over the past three workshops our conversations have drifted to these practical and ethical concerns in our telling religion stories; this trialogue will experiment with talk inspiring action. How do we make this conversation larger, louder, and leading to the change we want to see in the world?