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In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants tune in to noises that fill a variety of spaces yet might ordinarily escape attention.
Tell the group they will go on a listening project. Tell them where, how, for how long, and with whom they will walk. Say:
Your task is to identify as many sounds as possible in each environment you visit, for example, a car, a light switch, a voice, a scratching sound, a bird call. Classify the sounds you hear: Mechanical/electronic? Human? Or non-human?
Give each participant a clipboard with paper and pencil. Emphasize that in order to hear as many sounds as possible, participants will themselves need to be silent.
Make the listening tour. Then, return to the meeting space.
Post blank newsprint. Have participants read aloud the sounds they noted, and record this information on newsprint. Capture all the sounds everyone heard. Sounds heard by multiple people only need to be written once.
Then, ask the group to classify each sound: Was it mechanical/electronic, human, or non-human? Make a red dot next to each technological sound, a blue dot next to each human-made sound, and a green dot next to each non-human sound.
Engage the group to reflect with questions such as:
If any member of your group has significant hearing loss, you may wish to choose a different activity.
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Last updated on Monday, September 9, 2013.
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