Entries by John Scilipote

Amerikatsi: A View Into Freedom

September’s BreakBread prompt was on Freedom:  What does freedom feel like? Tell us a story (or a moment) when you discovered you were free or when you discovered that you weren’t free. We had explored this prompt at two previous BreakBread dinners. Martha pulled it out and dusted it off – We’re not done with this […]

Give Peace A Chance?

Wednesday, September 21 marks the 40th anniversary of the first celebration of the International Day of Peace in 1982 and has been designated Peace Week 2022. I was a child during the tail end of the Vietnam War. I remember seeing it on the television in our living room. I was told the war was […]

The Capital(Ist) “I” / Why Must “i” Be This Way?

There’s been a lot of attention paid to pronouns in recent years. He and she now have a lot of company. It’s becoming more common to meet a person wishing to be referred to as “they” in reference to their “personal gender pronoun”. And there are other personal pronouns that include the likes of ze, […]

What An Amazing Time To Be Alive!?

What does a culture of inquiry mean? It means we have practices in place where we can get under the implicit and explicit assumptions that run our everyday lives. And the benefit is a greater sense of context and meaning – both of which are antidotes to the machine world we live in. With this, we share […]

Embodied Conversation: What is it and Why is it Important?

Shifting Conversation for a More Connected World In a society where disconnection is rampant and we seek belonging and inclusion, the practice of Embodied Conversation invites us to be more present in conversation. It asks us to look at our learned, often unconscious, patterns and challenges us to bring a more whole version of ourselves […]

Desire and Longing in Conversation

Have you had any nourishing conversations today? This week? This month? What do I mean by nourishing? For starters, if you only talk about stuff that could have just been Googled, it doesn’t count. The magic of conversation thrives in the space between self and other.