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In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite a participant to light the chalice while you lead a unison reading of Reading 449 from Singing the Living Tradition, "We hallow this time together by kindling the lamp of our heritage."
Lead the group in singing the hymn you have chosen.
Tell the group this workshop invites them to reflect: What does it mean to consider the work of fostering a healthy perspective on human sexuality a social justice issue?
Acknowledge that the topic of sexuality is intensely personal, and encourage participants to consider this issue as an object of public witness and theological reflection rather than personal disclosure. Remind participants that this workshop does not require anyone to share personal information or experiences.
Make sure that participants have their journals, and something to write with. Invite participants to engage in a journaling exercise to reflect on the difference between sexuality as a personal, private matter and sexuality as a matter of public witness and social, cultural, or religious expression. Give these directions:
Create two columns on a page in your journal. Label one column "Private" and the other "Public." Under "Private," write any aspects of sexuality you think are private and personal. Under "Public," write any aspects of sexuality you think are part of your social identity, in the public sphere, or otherwise related to society at large. You will not be asked to share this entry with the group.
Allow four or five minutes for participants to complete this journal entry.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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