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Faith In Action: Values and Actions, Workshop 13: Mirages and Oases — Idealism and Utopianism

In "Faith like a River," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Two sheets of poster board
  • Collage materials, including markers, photos, scissors, tape and glue sticks

Preparation for Activity

  • Research past and current social action stands taken by your congregation.
  • Obtain documents that state your community's shared values and ideals, such as your congregations' covenant, mission statement or bylaws.

Description of Activity

Consider actions taken by your congregation, both in the past and currently, in light of the community's stated ideals and values. Consider whether the values have been and are being lived out in concrete, transformative ways.

Create two collages, one describing the shared values and ideals of your congregation, the other depicting actions of your congregation that are founded in those ideals.

Ask the minister, worship committee, or lifespan faith development committee about the possibility of presenting the results to the congregation during a worship service or at another appropriate time.

Post the collages in your congregation with some blank paper and markers set nearby; invite all members of the community to add their reflections on how your congregation puts your ideals into action or might do so in the future.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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