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Opening (15 minutes), Workshop 14: Islam 2—Contemporary Issues

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Leader Resource 3 so you will be comfortable presenting it.
  • Copy Handout 1 for all participants.

Description of Activity

Invite youth to sit in a circle. Light the chalice with these words:

We light this chalice in celebration of Unitarian Universalism and the sustaining faiths of all people of the world. May the flame represent the fire of our commitment to understand all faithful people and build bridges that connect us as one human family.

Invite participants to check in by saying their names and mentioning either 1) an aspect of Islam that has been on their minds since the last workshop, or 2) something that struck them as interesting or surprising from the Welcoming and Entering poster board game activity.

Answer any questions about Islam from the previous workshop.

Read or share with youth, in your own words, the information from Leader Resource 3, Islam 2 Background. Use newsprint to list important terms from the resource and to record youth's answers in the "experiment" you will lead.

At the end of the presentation, distribute Handout 1, Sunni and Shia – Comparison Chart. Tell the group these two sects are one way Muslims differ, and today they will discuss other ways Muslims differ—starting with differences among Muslims about the role of women in Islamic life, both in contemporary and historical times.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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