In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
The Standing on the Side of Love campaign used the power of social media to collect over 4000 signatures on a petition to prevent Raul Cardenas from being deported. Invite the children to create their own petition and figure out how to best gather signatures.
If you have time, allow the group to brainstorm about issues that matter to them, recording all ideas on newsprint. Then, have the group vote on an issue about which to create a petition. However, in order for the activity to work within the allotted time you will most likely need to choose a topic for your petition. Present the topic to the group.
Distribute Handout 1, How to Write a Good Petition. If you have a larger group you may wish to ask if there are two or three people who would like to work together to create the wording for your petition. This work group can use the computer to create the petition that you will post online.
Invite the rest of the group to consider how you will get people to sign your petition. Do members of the group use a social media site such as Facebook or Twitter? Do they have family members who are active on social media and could help them invite people to sign? What help can the group ask of congregational leadership such as the minister, religious educator, or board of trustees? Could leaders help the children invite members of the congregation, or a wider group, to promote the petition through social media? How could the children get their schools involved? Create a plan to get as many signatures as possible on the petition.
Next, consider to whom and how you will deliver the signatures. If you have a plan, share it with the group. Given limited session time, a leader or other volunteer may need to finish creating the petition, begin its circulation, and take care of delivering the signatures.
Invite all participants to reflect on the project with questions such as:
This project may appeal especially to verbal or intellectual participants. If the group is highly active and participants have difficulty staying focused on activities that involve a lot of talking or processing, you may wish to spend more time on the active games in this session and shorten this activity by creating a petition in advance.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
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