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Leaders (Building Bridges)

Leaders need not be knowledgeable about world religions to facilitate this program. You do need:

  • Respect for and curiosity about religions
  • Enthusiasm for guiding youth through the explorations of this program
  • Ability to respectfully engage with youth in both serious inquiry and fun.

Having respect for faiths does not necessarily mean agreeing with them. To successfully facilitate Building Bridges, you must be able to suspend judgment of a religion's impact on yourself, accept its validity for other people, and help youth decide what they believe is true and good. An attitude of respect and compassion is as important as any information gleaned in this program.

Building Bridges is designed for co-leadership. It is common safe practice to have two or more adult leaders present at each workshop. Co-facilitation also provides the benefit of shared preparation. Consider forming a teaching team with diverse theologies, to model theological pluralism.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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