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In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
images of diverse kinds of families are abundant in your faith home,
guided tour of these images for the children.
your faith home lacks a variety of family images, shape this activity
changing the situation. Gather photographs, posters, magazine
other visual resources that portray family diversity
(see “Leaders Resources”
for suggestions). Identify one or more
locations in your faith home where you
can create or enhance a display.
Make a plan to involve the children in posting
new display materials in
your faith home. For example, you might bring a catalog
of posters to a
session and invite the children to help you pick some to order
display in the faith home. Or, you might invite the children’s families to
provide or pose for family photographs which the group can then display
shared congregational space.
The aim of this activity is to focus children’s attention on
representations of diverse kinds of families. It is important for people to
experience affirmation in their faith home. Whether the children take a tour of
existing images or work with you to create a new display, they will have a
chance to recognize family diversity in their faith home and affirm their own
families’ places within it, as they engage with images of different kinds of
If your activity will be a tour of the congregational space,
tell the group, in your own words:
We are going to take a walk together and search for families in
our faith home. We will look for pictures of different kinds of families,
including some pictures of real people we know. Look for pictures of families in
photographs and paintings, on the walls, on bulletin boards, or maybe in a
newsletter or brochure about events at our congregation.
If your congregation has a website, plan to stop at a
computer with internet access so the children can see pictures of different
families posted there.
As you walk, encourage children to call out the images they
see. You may want to stop together to examine a few images more closely. Invite
children to identify the members of different family configurations you see
pictured. Remember, if you do not know the individuals whose images you see,
there are no wrong guesses – two adult men could be a couple, brothers, cousins,
or friends. Look for images of different family configurations (single parents
with children, grandparents with grandchildren, same sex couples, parents with
trans-ethnically adopted children, adults with elderly parents). And, look for
families whose members do not look alike (different color skin, differently
abled, far apart in age).
Whatever way you do this activity, aim to ensure that the
children see themselves and their families mirrored in the images of families
displayed in your congregation’s facilities and publications.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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