Khana Commune Dialogues

Coexist“I love you when you bow in your mosque, kneel in your temple, pray in your church. For you and I are sons of one religion, and it is the spirit.” – Khalil Gibran

I am thrilled to announce the launch of


A new series of inter-faith conversations

Sunday, April 28th, 2013


This dialogue event is now sold out. Many thanks to everyone who has signed up. If you would like to still attend, please drop me an email at khanacommune [at] gmail dot com and I will put you on the waiting list.

Fill up this form if you’d like to get on the mailing list. You’ll get updates on future KCD events plus you’ll be the first to know if there are any cancellations for upcoming events.


Salaam, Shalom, Namaste and Hello!

I am thrilled to announce the first ever session of Khana Commune Dialogues on Sunday,  April 28th, 2013.

Khana Commune Dialogues is a series of inter-faith and inter-ethnicity conversations, held in conjunction with Explorations into Faith (South East Community Development Council).

The event will be hosted in my home for up to 20 participants. It will begin at 4pm, and we will finish off with a simple dinner. Dinner will consist of genuine, homecooked Bengali cuisine (all food served is halal).

The theme for this session is “Faith and Death”. If you are interested in attending this dialogue session, please register here:

3.45pm: Registration
4pm: Arrivals and Introductions
4.30pm: Screening of After Cicely (a short film documentary on palliative care in Asia)
5pm: Breakout sessions (8-10/group x 2 groups)
6pm: Reconvene – Large Group Sharing
6.30pm: End of session – Adjourn for Bangladeshi Dinner hosted by Khana Commune
7.30pm: Close of event

Please note: Location and directions to the event will be emailed to you 2 days prior to the event. As it is a private residential home, we prefer not to reveal the address on a public platform. The event will be held in Pasir Panjang Road, nearest MRT Haw Par Villa.


Death is an inevitable part of our lives, no matter who you are, where you come from, whether you follow a faith tradition or not. But how we deal with death, how we view it, and how we prepare for it can differ immensely from person to person, culture to culture, religion to religion. In this dialogue session, we will explore the different ways all of us look and deal with death/ dying.

Some of the issues that will be shared  and  explored together include:

  1. What personal experiences have shaped your attitude towards death? How have your faith-based (or non-faith based) beliefs shaped such an attitude? We would like to invite participants to share any personal stories, experiences and anecdotes. Have you had to deal with the death of a close friend or family member? How did you reconcile with his/her death – did your religious beliefs play a part? What, if anything, did you draw strength from?
  2. What does your faith tradition (from scriptures & examples of the lives of prophets, saints and leaders of your faith community – from ancient history till present times) have to say about death? What is your faith tradition’s attitude towards death? What is your personal attitude towards it?
  3. What, if anything, happens to us after death? Do you believe in the afterlife or not, and how does this belief (or non-belief) influence how you see and deal with death?

Please note: Inter-faith dialogue is open to anyone and everyone. Whether you follow a faith tradition, whether you are an atheist, whether you are barely practising or extremely religious, or even if you are just confused. You do not need to follow any particular religion in order to take part.

FAQ: Why is an inter-faith event being held in someone’s house?

Hi, I’m Zina. I run a supper club called Khana Commune. In short, I throw dinner parties that are open to the public. Strangers come to my home, I cook, they eat. My family originate from Bangladesh and we love to host people in our home and introducing one and all to the beauty of Bangladeshi cuisine and providing a peek into our culture.

I’m also passionate about opening up conversations between people of different cultures, religions and ethnicities. So I’ve recently decided to start a new type of dinner party. One, where the focus is on dialogue, and not so much food. Hence, Khana Commune Dialogues. Each KCD event will have a different theme and focus.

If however, you’ve stumbled onto this page because you’re a fan of the supper club, and want to just eat my makan, please go back to

NOTE: If you are not interested in dialogue, but would like to score some free makan by showing up for this dialogue event, please DON’T, as it is can be pretty obvious. If you do it anyway, I hope that —- as you sit through a couple of hours of sharing and dialogue, BEFORE the makan arrives — you realise how powerful and inspiring such conversation can be, and you decide to return next time, not for the makan, but for the dialogue itself.


The EiF Monthly Inter-Faith Dialogues offer short but regular opportunities people from all walks of life to experience authentic,  meaningful and focused Inter-Faith Dialogues. We encourage and welcome youth and young adults to join us. The sessions are usually held on weekends over half-a-day. In general, the sessions are limited to a maximum of 30 people. Participants are divided into “dialogue circles” comprising no more than 8-12 persons. Each circle is led by trained Inter-Faith Facilitators. Dialogue sessions are fun and engaging. They have potential for both breadth and depth as each session is focused on a particular theme.

 Participants are informed of the Dialogue Theme PRIOR TO the particular dialogue session. They are expected to make some effort to read and know a little more about what their OWN faith tradition says about the particular theme being discussed. On the day of the dialogue, participants get to know each other and their respective faiths better as they share, clarify and ask about what each faith has to say about the topic being discussed.

EiF Dialogue sessions typically end with a cozy lunch/dinner for participants, facilitators and the host religious community to better get to know each other and form bonds of friendship and trust.

 The EiF Programme is organized by South East Community Development Council (SE CDC ); a network partner of the People’s Association. Read more about EiF here.


Please do turn up if you have registered so as not to ‘waste’ this unique and meaningful opportunity. If you are unable to attend due to unexpected and extenuating circumstances, please try to get someone to attend in your place. Do share with him/her any pre-dialogue preparations you have made so that he/she will have a meaningful experience.

EIF programmes are highly subsidized (90%) by SE CDC. Participants need only contribute a nominal amount of $2.00 on the day of the dialogue as a token of their commitment to attending the programme. The amount collected is directly donated to the host on the day of the dialogue.

 Once again, please do read up and prepare for the dialogue session. The richness & quality of the interfaith experience at the session depends so much on the contributions from the participants.

Thank You!

1 Response to Khana Commune Dialogues

  1. zinaalam says:

    This dialogue event is now sold out. Many thanks to everyone who has signed up. If you would like to still attend, please drop me an email at khanacommune [at] gmail dot com and I will put you on the waiting list.

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