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In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants examine the extent to which Unitarian Universalism belongs to the dominant culture and the extent to which it is counter-cultural.
Invite participants to brainstorm a list of the values and activities of the dominant culture. Record their responses on newsprint. After about five minutes, or once the list appears complete, direct the group's attention to the second sheet of newsprint and share:
Religious scholar Mark Oppenheimer defines a counter-culture "as offering a self-sustaining alternative model of culture.
Invite participants to name values and activities that counter the dominant culture. Record their responses on the second sheet of newsprint. Encourage discussion when participants disagree about the list on which a value or activity belongs. Add the item to both sheets if the group cannot come to agreement.
When the lists seem complete, invite participants to consider which items on both lists are also part of Unitarian Universalist culture. Give each participant ten sticky dots and ask them to place a dot next to items they believe to be part of Unitarian Universalist culture. Some items will receive multiple dots and others fewer, or none. When all dots have been placed, examine the lists together. Lead a discussion using these questions:
If any participants have mobility challenges, replace the sticky dot activity by inviting the group to indicate by a show of hands which items on each list they perceive to be consistent with Unitarian Universalist culture; tally the responses on the newsprint.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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