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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants create covenants together.
Explain that behavioral covenants are a foundational aspect of liberal congregations and the practice of establishing a covenant is an essential act of leadership.
Invite participants to suggest guidelines for how they will behave with each other during the program. Write all suggestions on newsprint. Offer items from the list you have prepared, if youth do not suggest them.
Ask participants if they have concerns about agreeing to any items listed. Discuss those items and decide as a group whether to keep, reword, or eliminate them.
Mention that one objective of this program is to empower participating youth so they can develop as leaders. Invite participants to suggest guidelines about what they need from you, as leaders, in order to learn to be leaders themselves. Write their suggestions on the second sheet of newsprint. If you feel it is necessary and you have time, you might offer to leave the room for a few minutes if the participants are worried about hurting your feelings while they come up with a list on their own. Discuss any concerns you might have so you can come to a list of items to which everyone agrees.
Read the covenants aloud and ask for verbal assent from each participant; give your verbal assent to the leader-to-participant covenant. Or, invite everyone to sign the covenants—first, if needed, rewrite both covenants on new sheets of newsprint.
Post the covenants. Tell youth that the covenants are living documents which the group can revise, as needed, in future workshops.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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