In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to gather in a circle around the table so each person can see the tray of everyday objects. Encourage participants to call out, popcorn-style, the names of some of the objects.
Then ask participants to walk around the table, while staying in their circle, until each person is standing opposite the spot where they started. Ask them how their perspective has changed:
Now encourage participants to bend down or sit on the floor where they are, so they need to look up to see the tray of objects. Ask them again what has changed about their perspective:
Now encourage participants to lie down on the floor where they are. Invite them to consider this new perspective:
Now ask the participants to stand once again in a circle around the table. Remove the tray from the table and set it on the floor in the middle of the circle. Encourage participants to share their perceptions now from high above the tray:
If any participants have mobility restrictions, consider having them assist you by directing the others to stand up, sit, or lie down. They can also be the one to call on volunteers to respond to questions about each new perspective.
You can offer the gist of this activity to a person with limited mobility by holding the tray of objects directly in front of them, high above them, and on the ground below them, inviting them each time to consider the new perspective with the questions provided. Use a similar method with a participant who cannot see: Guide them to touch the tray first when it is right in front of them and they can feel all the objects, and then when you hold it a bit higher and they can feel only the bottom of the tray.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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