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Introduction, Session 7: Democratic Process (Chalk)

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

The price of the democratic way of life is a growing appreciation of people's differences, not merely as tolerable, but as the essence of a rich and rewarding human experience.

— Jerome Nathanson (1908-1975), a leader of New York Ethical Culture

Democracy means not "I am as good as you are," but "you are as good as I am."

— Theodore Parker

The chalk symbolizes the democratic process. This session provides opportunities to reflect on a variety of decision-making processes, including voting and consensus making. Reflections may include whether "majority rule" is fair. Allow time for participants to engage with the issues around consensus making and voting and the importance of negotiation and informed decision-making. Emphasize that as Unitarian Universalists we hope that people have a say in the things that concern them.

In Activity 4: Voting in the Demos Role-Play, participants will enact democracy, Athenian-style. You may like to gather sheets for togas. Or, invite parents ahead of time to supply sheets for this session and encourage their children to bring or wear sandals.

For Activity 5: Consensus, have ready some food treat options for the group to vote on. Make sure to avoid foods to which a participant may be allergic.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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