In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants tie a variety of sailor knots. This activity connects with Joseph Tuckerman's service to the sea-faring families of Boston while reinforcing the program's metaphor for ties that hold us in covenanted community. The success of the activity depends on leaders being comfortable demonstrating how to tie sailor knots.
Distribute lengths of rope. Lead participants through the process of tying several types of knots. Choose some which are relatively easy and will guarantee success, and some which are more difficult and provide a challenge.
To conclude, ask participants to reflect on how they felt about tying the different knots. Did they have favorites? Ones they found very frustrating? Remind them that knots are a metaphor for the ways we are all tied together. Ask them to reflect on the different ways they are tied in relationship with others. Are some connections easy to make and maintain? Are others more difficult? Are participants tied to people they do not necessarily like? How are they tied to people whom they do not even know?
Participants with vision or hearing limitations or who have difficulty focusing may need a leader to sit next to them for this activity.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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