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In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants learn a hymn about teaching empathy.
Pass out Handout 1, When I Am Frightened, or copies of Singing the Journey (see Hymn 1012). (This song was originally titled "Then I May Learn.") Teach the song to the group. Use musical accompaniment if available.
After singing it a few times, ask participants to read the words. Note that the word "care" is used in the song, but it could be replaced with the word 'empathy."
Ask the group if they think this is how we learn to care, give, and love. Explore the hymn further by asking for volunteers to share their stories of learning to care, give, and love. They may share verbally, or, if time permits, divide the group into three teams and invite them to act out scenarios that illustrate the three verses. The stories in the scenarios can be from their lives or fictional. Point out that no age is defined in the hymn, so the "teacher" and "pupil" could be any age. Learning happens across generations and within.
Give teams ten minutes to prepare. Offer costumes, if available.
Gather the group and let each team perform. After the presentations, invite participants to discuss the process they used to decide on their story. Was it fictional or non-fictional?
Invite each participant, co-leaders included, to name one way they would like to be supported as they learn to care, give, and love.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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