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Indicate the two sheets of newsprint you have posted. Share Leader Resource 2, The Levering Act with the group as your co-facilitator or a volunteer records items from the reading that belong under the newsprint headers. For example, "Rev. Fritchman" will be listed as a key player and "tax-exempt" as a key term. Pause as you are reading, to allow the group and scribe to make note of these pieces of information.
After the reading, invite participants to suggest additional items for the two lists.
Invite participants to form two groups, calling them Group A and Group B. Groups need not be equal in number, as long as there are some people in each. Once participants have moved into groups, explain that they will stage a mock board meeting at a congregation faced with signing the California Loyalty Oath.
Distribute Handout 2, The California Loyalty Oath. Explain that the "board" must decide at this meeting whether or not to sign. Individuals in Group A will argue against signing, and individuals in Group B will argue in favor of signing. Explain that they will not act as a team, but rather as a group of board members with differing opinions and perspectives. Invite participants to take a few moments to read the handout and think over their positions; suggest they use the newsprint lists as a guide.
Begin the mock board meeting by reading aloud Handout 2, The California Loyalty Oath. Invite participants to express their assigned opinions and make arguments to justify their positions. Act as the board chair, keeping discussion moving and inviting all to participate. Be sure these points are considered in the course of the discussion:
After ten minutes of discussion, call for a vote and end the meeting. Invite reflection on these questions:
Distribute Handout 3, This Could Happen Here. Explain that the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles used this brochure to raise money for their fight against the loyalty oath. Invite participants to comment on the brochure.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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