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Opening (25 minutes), Workshop 6: Building Multicultural Competence as Personal and Spiritual Practice

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

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Story, "Russell"
  • Newsprint lists created by reflection groups in Workshop 5, Activity 3
  • Timepiece (seconds)

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare to read the story "Russell" to the group.

Description of Activity

Light the chalice and share these words from Rev. Fred Small, Senior Minister of First Parish Cambridge (Massachusetts) Unitarian Universalist:

Let's stop wishing for Beloved Community and start dreaming it, planning it, seeing it, living it, until we wake up one astonishing blessed morning to find the dream come true.

Invite the reflection groups which met as part of Workshop 5, Activity 3, to post and read aloud their newsprint lists of things they want others to know. Pause for a few moments after each list to allow participants time to reflect. Ask them to simply take in what has been written and refrain from offering comments or questions.

Read the story "Russell" aloud. Ask participants to consider their own "human heart" and how it is changing and growing. Invite each person, in turn, to check in. Say, in these words or your own:

I invite you to share one insight or understanding that you have gained about race, identity, and privilege. To make sure everyone has a turn to speak, I'm going to ask you to limit your speaking to one minute. I will pass the watch to help you keep track of your speaking time.

Note: If you do not have newsprint lists from the small groups to share, allow each participant two minutes to share a thought or insight about their own heart in response to the story.

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Last updated on Tuesday, July 24, 2012.

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