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Tuckerman served the poor of Boston by building relationships with people who were in need. The best way for participants to experience Tuckerman's style of social service will be to engage in similar relationships themselves. Perhaps your congregation houses a shelter for the homeless or has an ongoing relationship with an organization which provides similar services. Make arrangements for participants in your group to spend time with the residents of a shelter or group home or clients of a program which provides meals.
In discussion with staff of the program you will be visiting, plan to be of service in a way appropriate to that program—cooking or serving a meal, reading to young residents, playing games, etc. Strive to participate in a form of service which involves direct conversation with residents/clients. For instance, distributing food at a food pantry will illustrate the theme of this session much more clearly than, say, stocking shelves at the same food pantry.
Before you go, ask participants what they expect to see and what they think the people they meet will be like. You might help the group think about asking residents or clients what they need in the context of the service you are planning. For example, children helping to serve a meal may have the opportunity to offer clients a choice of a side dish, rather than silently placing food on people's plates.
Take time after you return to process. Discuss:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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