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In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Ask the group if anyone knows who owns the water they use. Say, if no one does, that towns, states and regions that build pipelines and treatment plants to provide clean water to their residents might consider that water "theirs." In fact, participants' families probably pay taxes or other fees to use that water. If a family or a village uses a well to pump water up as it flows by, underground, they might say that water belongs to them.
Let's see what ownership of water could mean, using our River Scene.
Form small groups and distribute two lengths of yarn, a ruler and some pieces of masking tape to each group. Tell them how many inches of the River Scene each small group can claim. Say:
What if each group could own part of the river? Use your yarn (or string) to mark off a boundary for the part of the river your group will claim as theirs. Remember these boundaries are temporary—just for today. Be careful not to tape over any artwork on the River Scene.
Invite groups to claim their part of the River Scene by taping their yarn boundaries with masking tape. Then have everyone return to their seats.
Offer these questions for discussion:
If the River Scene is posted too high for all participants to reach above it, lower the River Scene on the wall, or place it on a table or the floor.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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