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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Read one of the scenarios from Leader Resource, Unfair Scenarios aloud to participants. Whenever the watchdog barks, have the actors freeze. Ask the group to help calm the dog by figuring out, "What's unfair?" After this question has been answered, have the role play continue, with the watchdog barking if the injustice continues. If the actors in the role play have difficulty resolving the situation fairly, ask the audience if anyone has an idea for making the situation fair. Invite a volunteer with an idea to come and join the role play.
After each role play is finished, ask the actors to turn in a full circle to show that they have left their character behind. Before you start a new scenario, ask the role players:
This activity gives participants an opportunity to practice being justice makers through role play in a safe environment. Moreover, hearing the perspective of each character in a conflict helps children see the situation from a variety of viewpoints and develop empathy for all concerned, with a preference built in for the person who is being treated unfairly.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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