September 20, 2018

Stained Glass

NYU DC Dialogues hosted its first Enter Faith Workshop led by three time Tisch Alumna and founder of Progress Theatre, Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott.  Enter Faith Workshops initiate from the belief that true cross-community acceptance, healing and transformation take time, persistence, consistency, and start in small gatherings, by building relationships.

Enter Faith uses story circle methodology and arts-inspired techniques as tools for deepening interfaith conversations. Through opening up safer learning and engagement spaces where the concept of faith can enter as the common ground across religious, spiritual, mindfulness and/or intellectual practices. Enter Faith aims to work toward connectivity by examining the intersections diversity offers between cultures, class, gender and spiritual identities.

How might we engage differently in our families, communities, school and work spaces, and society if we shift from understanding diversity as a state of being or interculturality as a concept to engaging both as states of action--something we can actually do?

Enter Faith explores the notion of “rehearsing” spiritual diversity and inclusion as ongoing choices we make and behaviors we nurture through our personal and professional daily interactions, acts of service, and connections with communities.

This introductory “rehearsal” session included discussion and opportunities to broaden/deepen/complicate understandings of faith-related concepts (values, belief, religion, tolerance/acceptance, spirituality, pluralism, etc) and explored/strategized actions for practicing faith-based exchange/inclusion/engagement.

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Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Cristal Chanelle Truscott

Cristal Chanelle Truscott, PhD, is founder of Progress Theatre — a Houston-based, touring ensemble that uses theatre as anti-racism engagement to encourage social consciousness, cross-community dialogue and cultural awareness.