To intentionally create a space for people to come together and have transparent conversations with no judgement so that people's ideas and perspectives will be heard.
WHO WE ARE:
Originally based on the idea that “It takes a village,” we at The Breaking Bread Village have intentionally created a safe space that is free of judgement. Within this space, it is our intention for everyone to feel confident that their ideas and perspectives will be heard. We are committed to listening first, with empathy, love, and consideration. When people feel they have no voice; love, creativity and hope can take a back seat to indifference, malice, and disdain. We strive to create bonds and relationships that allow people to form bridges that they all can walk across to get to a common goal motivated by peace.
Our outreach activities are a testimony to the commitment we have to the community around us, not to mention the community worldwide. Spreading love, empathy, and inspiration along this journey, we have been building our village in a positive and caring way (organically). After all, it is much better to build on the things that we have in common, rather than tear down and divide on the matters that we do not. So we have cultivated various spaces to have these conversations to bridge gaps and create bonds between people who normally would not have them.
Traditionally many cultures across the globe attribute something special to sharing a meal. The love and patience involved in the preparation. The joy of entertaining stimulating conversation with family and friends. Lifelong bonds often develop under such circumstances. This too lies at the heart of what we are about and who we are.
TBBV is streamed live on YouTube and Facebook whenever a conversation is happening. It is also available via Anchor and other podcast platforms. If you have a show idea please fill out the form below and someone from our team will be in touch. Click below to watch archived shows.
The Breaking Bread Village was birthed on May 12 in the year of 2020, right in the height of a pandemic, while tensions were high, and civility appeared to be a thing of the past. In those divisive moments the birthing pains began and TBBV was born. The absolute need for empathetic and transparent conversations about strong topics was evident; so the beginning of creating safe spaces for that to happen, was born.
First, let me share something with you. I value conversation for many reasons, one is because of the many times I remember as a child and young adult being told not to share, not to feel, not to speak, or speak the way I was told. I was made to feel as though I was to be seen and not heard. It impacted me in such a way that I’ve always advocated for voices to be heard and welcomed into a safe space, without judgment. A place where someone feels comfortable to simply be. Another reason is after working in the school system, one on one with many students, for a lot of years, as a life coach, I saw first hand the need to advocate and encourage. The need to create healthy dialogue and spaces was palpable. I specialized in working with the children who needed a little extra love and I found success with them by communicating. Us having a dialogue helped them feel seen, feel heard, which led them to trusting me, and that allowed for them to be vulnerable so they could be helped, and that all led to them graduating or excelling to the next level. So I’ve seen it work and believe in my method.
Yes, as simple as some feel conversation is, and I value it deeply, I believe at times we’ve proven in our current state that it’s not quite as simple as we’d like to think, unfortunately. With TBBV method, although the tangible benefits can be hard to see initially, the benefits are there and many seeds are planted. For example, two panelists from the first show met up for lunch to further the conversation and get to know each other better. These are two people who have very different views…polar opposite actually, and in those moments at the live show they heard something that allowed them to open their minds to continue the learning process. I can’t help but believe that it had something to do with the method and environment that was created for them to be vulnerable in. I have to believe that we may not see all the residual effects of our conversations at that moment but I know an impact took place, both times. This is based on the feedback from both the panelist and viewers/guest. The reviews made my heart smile. I truly had no idea that a lasting impression would be left, that way, but I am forever grateful. I wholeheartedly believe in this method. I am asking for you to believe in it too and help us out.
How can you help? TBBV is looking for sponsorships for the year of 2022’s upcoming shows. There will be one in April, another in August, and the last in October (with smaller events in between) . We are indeed growing at a beautiful pace, and for that we are grateful, yet we are still in need of some support from our community. Each show we’ve done previously we start with a budget of $0 and have to petition for donations to make the show a success. We would love to change that in the future. Each live show costs $2000 to run well. What that investment goes towards and how it’s spent can always be shared. We believe in sowing back into our volunteers, helpers, panelists, and venues as they’ve sowed into us by believing in the vision and helping it become the experience and success that it is. If you feel led to sponsor a show we do have a project fund through the Midland Area Community Foundation. You can view it by going to this link https://www.midlandfoundation.org/fund/breakingbread/
Thank you for taking the time to “hear” me. I do not take it lightly and appreciate the support as we grow this vision and share our method with our communities and beyond.
“A song that changes the world, is not necessarily about the song, but about everyone singing it together.”
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