In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity examines how one person can influence others to work for justice.
Remind participants that awareness is a first step toward social justice. However, we do not want to be aware simply to say, "I see injustice." After seeing it, people need to do something about it. Sometimes, you can directly address injustice. At other times, you need help.
Show the diagram to the group. Remind them that the story was an example of how one person, seeing an injustice, made big changes. This is because we all have the power not only to act directly, but also to influence others. The diagram is one way to illustrate this influence.
Explain that the inner circle is the sphere of Self. Write "Self" next to the inner circle. Ask participants to name ways they influence themselves to create more good in the world. If they do not mention these ways, add them to the poster:
Invite participants to give specific examples of ways to educate themselves for social justice.
Label the next circle "Close Family and Friends". Point out that this sphere is composed of those closest to them. Ask for ways they influence their family and friends, making sure to include:
Invite participants to name people who have mentored and supported them in justice work.
The next circle is the sphere of "School and Congregational Life." Label it and say that this sphere includes other groups to which the individual belongs. As the group names ways they can influence this sphere, make sure to include:
Invite participants to tell about a justice or community service activity sponsored by a group to which they belong.
Label the outer circle "Community." This circle includes groups to which they may not have intimate ties. It includes cities, states, nations, and the world. How can youth influence this sphere? Remind them to:
Remind participants that most importantly, to influence all spheres, they must open their eyes and be aware. Say that you hope youth will continue to practice awareness.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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