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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants practice supportive listening by affirming personal belief statements each child shares with a partner or small group.
Distribute paper and pencils. Ask the children to develop a belief statement to share. Allow one or two minutes for each child to develop a statement about God or something else that they consider a religious topic. This statement may be written down or the child may choose to represent their belief in a drawing.
Our faith tells us that anything you believe is okay here. We all know that. Now we will practice how to show it. Everyone will have a chance to share their belief statement. The other(s) will listen in the respectful, supportive way everyone in our congregation should when discussing our beliefs.
You may wish to establish some tools for showing respectful listening. Ask the group for suggestions, and/or suggest:
Form pairs or small groups and invite children to practice telling their beliefs and listening respectfully to those of others. Monitor time and groups to make sure each child has a turn to talk and to listen. If you observe disrespectful listening, gently step in and redirect.
Re-gather the group and debrief. You might ask:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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