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Opening (10 minutes), Workshop 2: You Are How You've Lived: Exploring Individual and Group Identity

In "Building the World We Dream About," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Worship table or designated space
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle
  • List of this workshop's goals
  • Covenant established in Workshop 1

Description of Activity

Light the chalice or invite a participant to light it while you read aloud this poem by Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde, used with permission:.

It feels like We are eyeing one another across a great divide

A divide I sometimes call:

"class, race, ethnocentricity, theological perspectives and its implications for

How We practice, how We live, how We be"

If you be You and I be Me

If We speak truth in love — with love,

If We act, related with integrity

If We unite our spirits . . . open, and aching, and whole, and wanting, and giving . . .

then

the work We engage, the communities We create, the power of who We can be

holds a great promise

a great hope

for us and our wider communities . . . and . . . this . . . matters

Invite participants to consider which words and images from the reading are most powerful for them and, if they choose, to share with the group. Remind participants of the spirit of their covenant. Share the goals of this workshop.

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Last updated on Friday, August 3, 2012.

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