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Reducing polarization & strengthening belonging through dialogue.

We give people the means to strengthen relationships, deepen belonging, and renew hope in their communities.

Our Impact

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Fostering Campus Resilience with the University of Scranton

"Facilitated dialogue creates a classroom atmosphere in which exploring uncomfortable issues and asking difficult questions is an expected part of the process, and it allows students space to engage each other without fear of the vitriol common in our public discourse."

  • Student facilitators flip the script. When students lead, you can see a change occur, a shift as they understand the difference between being a participant and being a facilitator, as they work to hear and address the needs of their classmates and community.

    Kimberly Shaw, Educator & EP Associate
  • We became confident really early on that the model was working. We were nervous there would be yelling and blow-ups but after a few conversations we realized that wasn’t happening… People were treating each other humanely.

    Gail Anderson
    Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Simply changing the wording of a question can invite a completely different personality and emotion around a question. You can learn so much more and have a better understanding of someone's perspective by changing your question.

    High School Student
    Raleigh, NC

A Guide to Dialogues About Abortion

For more than 30 years, Essential Partners has been the global leader in dialogue about abortion.

Whether reaching across deep and polarized divides—as in our seminal Pro-Life/Pro-Choice Leader Dialogues—creating space for people to reflect on their own values, or building connections and support around this issue, our new guide offers structures, expert tips, and prompting questions.

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Photo: six Pro-Life and Pro-Choice leaders in a dialogue circle

EP in the News: Lessons of Boston’s secret abortion talks

“Leaning in with genuine curiosity about the nuance and complexity underlying polarized abortion rhetoric can open ‘unimaginable ways to move forward,’ says Daniel Pritchard of Essential Partners. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, nonprofit developed the guide and helps create community dialogues on contentious issues such as guns, race, and education.”

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