In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite participants to make a collage of different ways that they give and receive care and protection to other people, animals and plants that share our Earth.
Point out that care and protection of our Earth and all life is called "stewardship." Mention that some of us have jobs or chores that involve care and protection. Suggest younger siblings, other relatives, friends, pets or house plants might be some likely care-and-protection recipients. Tell the group they can cut out or draw images to show how care and protection are exchanged. Encourage artists to think of all the ways care is exchanged.
Explain where and with whom participants will work, how much time they have and where you will display the finished collages.
Move around the room and speak with participants as they work. Be ready to crouch down to make comfortable eye contact with someone who is seated, or small. Prompt them to share from their lives; help them identify what they give in their care-and-protection relationships, and what they receive—for example, friendship, the happy greeting of dog's wagging tail, the pleased purring of a cat.
Leave time for clean-up, posting the collages and sharing.
When collecting magazines for this activity, seek out publications that show a diversity of socio-economic class, ethnicity and lifestyles to ensure all participants can recognize themselves in the images you provide.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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