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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants look at themselves and write objectively about what they see.
As participants enter, invite them to the welcoming table and suggest that each take writing materials and a mirror. Invite each to take a centering moment where they clear their thoughts of the way they usually think of themselves, then with clear eyes and as near as they can get to no assumptions, look in the mirror. Write without judgment what they see. Impressions are fine to add, too, but they are not to criticize themselves.
After they have described the person in the mirror, look again, recalling now their abilities, talents, and strengths. What does this person do well? What have they learned? What contributions do they make? What are their hopes? Write these as well.
If asked the purpose of this activity, share that today's workshop is about atheism and agnosticism. One of the most important tenets of people who do not believe in God is honesty—seeing things as they really are. And as with any spiritual journey, the place to start is at home. We cannot be honest with others until we are honest with ourselves. So, that is where we are starting, with an open-eyed look at the person in the mirror.
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Last updated on Monday, December 12, 2011.
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