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Introduction, Session 11: Listening (Stethoscope)

In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

Nature has given [people] one tongue but two ears, that we may hear from others twice as much as we speak.

— Epictetus, the Greek Stoic philosopher

A stethoscope, seashell, or other listening tool symbolizes listening. In this session participants reflect on and practice the skills of listening and consider the impact of embracing listening as a quality of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Emphasize that listening skills take practice. Help participants articulate how they have felt at times when they weren't listened to, and how they can become better listeners. Allow time for participants to engage with the difficulties of listening. Let them explore some of the reasons people have trouble listening.

An auto mechanic's listening tool would be ideal for the Tool of the Day and can be purchased online (see "Find Out More"). A medical stethoscope is another option. A toy spy listening device, a seashell, audio headphones, or a cupped hand could do in a pinch. Make sure you have a small listening tool or a picture of a listening tool to attach to the Toolbox of Our Faith poster.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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