The Discipline of Dialogue: Finding Faith in Difference

This post is part of a series on the Faith of Theologians on Catholic Moral Theology. A full list of the previous responses can be found at the bottom of Dana Dillon’s post introducing the series.

Two young women, Tamar* and Reema*, sit in folding chairs facing each other.  Tamar speaks to Reema, carefully gesticulating as she expresses each thought.  Reema listens intently, her brow furrowed and her arms folded across her chest.  She gives an occasional nod to reassure Tamar that she is listening.  As Tamar finishes her thought, Reema says, “Let me see if I heard you correctly.” Then carefully, deliberately, Reema repeats what she just heard, attempting to accurately render Tamar’s statement.  When she finishes her summary, Reema asks, “Did I understand you?”  Tamar scrunches her nose and shakes her head tightly from side to side.  Tamar repeats her statement, this time using slightly different language and attempting to add some nuance to her idea.  Again, Reema repeats Tamar’s statement.  She finishes her summary, lifting her eyebrows and cocking her head in Tamar’s direction.  Tamar says, “Yes, that is what I said.”  The women heave long sighs as a thoughtful pause passes between them.  Their roles now reverse; it is Reema’s turn to speak and Tamar’s turn to listen.

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