As someone who greatly prefers dialog over discourse, I can only say a hearty amen to Karl Barth’s view of the need for “conversation” in theology.
I believe that the time of long lectures, when someone spoke for an hour and the audience was condemned to sit and listen to whatever they were given is…perhaps over–not ust for me but for everyone. What we need in theology and in the church is–Oh, I don’t want to use that wretched word again– ‘conversations’. What I mean is simply that we should talk together and try to arrive at answers together, instead of someone trying to present something to other people as though the Holy Spirit had dictated it to him in person.”
Quoted in Eberhard Busch, Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts (Wipf & Stock, 1975), 464.