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Activity 1: Individual and Community Polarities (15 minutes), Workshop 11: Keeping Distress Productive

In "Harvest the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Handout 1 for all participants.
  • Post a blank sheet of newsprint.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to name tangible and intangible benefits of belonging to their congregational community. Capture responses on newsprint. Keep the brainstorm time short (about two minutes).

Now invite participants to name what they give up in order to be part of the community — a question that will require more thought. Record responses. Keep this brainstorming to about three minutes.

Distribute Handout 1 and invite participants to consider tensions between our needs for individuality and community. Ask for verbal assent (or nodding) if the chart names tensions they have felt as a member of a faith community.

Invite participants to discuss with a partner the question at the bottom of Handout 1. Tell them that their leadership group might consider revisiting this question as part of future work together. Allow eight minutes for pairs to share. Remind them to switch speakers after four minutes.

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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