Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM EDT
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Groundswell Startups 
2412 Irwin St
Melbourne, FL 32901

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Kate Deffebach 
Breaking Down Walls 

Breaking Down Walls 

Breaking Down Walls is an event that will be held on Sunday May 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida. Breaking Down Walls aims to increase dialogue between Muslims and non-Muslims so that they recognize commonalities between themselves and see that in many ways we are all the same.

This event is the second in a series of Breaking Down Walls events. At the first Breaking Down Walls meeting, which took place earlier this year, Muslim and Christian women learned about each other and their religions through one-to-one conversations.

The next Breaking Down Walls event will take place on Sunday May 21, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Groundswell Startups in Melbourne, Florida. This event will focus on acquiring knowledge about different religions as well as having dialogue between women who have different religious beliefs.

The Breaking Down Walls event will begin with a panel discussion. Panealists Rabbi Hickman, Sally Sabawi, and a local pastor will explain the brief history and basic beliefs of the religion they practice (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity respectively) and answer questions from the audience. After the questions are over, there will be one-to-one conversations where participants will find someone they do not know of the opposite faith, introduce themselves, and engage in personal conversation. The event will end with a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share if you would like.

This event is for women only. Please feel free to invite your friends, coworkers, and family. Women of any religious belief (including none) are invited to participate.

More information about past and future events as well as the Breaking Down Walls project can be found on the Breaking Down Walls website www.wearebreakingdownwalls.com. We hope to see you soon!


About the Organizer

Hi my name is Kate Deffebach. I am a junior at Melbourne High School. I was inspired to start the Breaking Down Walls project after watching a video called Building Bridges. Building Bridges is an organization that brings Palestinian and Israeli girls to the United States for two weeks during the summer. When these girls arrived in the United States, most of them intensely disliked each other. They blamed each other for the war and death going on between their countries. Throughout the two weeks, the girls participated in personal dialogue and bonding activities. Most of the girls started to see each other’s points of view. They realized that the girls from a different country than themselves are not personally responsible for the deaths and hardships in their country. They recognized that the Palestinian-Israeli war is between their countries and not themselves.