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In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to witness a re-enactment of the Theodore Parker/Ezra Stiles Gannett debate about slavery, as presented by two persons, chosen ahead of time. Explain that the aim of this debate is not necessarily historical accuracy, but rather to present the main arguments from each side with passion and sympathy.
Assign audience roles—some pro-Parker, some pro-Gannett, and some neutral observers. Tell the group each actor will have five minutes to make their case, and then the floor is open for five minutes for questions and rebuttals from the audience. Encourage the group members to ask questions of the debaters make their own statements in support of their assigned position.
After the debate, ask the group to reflect on the experience:
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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