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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants identify prominent stories about religion in the world and articulate how those stories influence public perceptions and world events.
Form pairs or groups of three. Give each group an article. Ask groups to have volunteer(s) read the article aloud and then discuss:
Give groups about five minutes to read and discuss their articles. Then, distribute art materials and ask each group to create a drawing, collage, poem, or prose piece that illustrates that story. While they work, move around the room and ask if anyone would like help understanding particular words in their article or identifying how their story is about religion.
After 10 minutes, bring the groups together. Invite each small group to show their work and discuss the stories they found. Ask:
If participants have difficulty understanding what you mean by "a story about religion," give examples such as:
Tell the group a common story about religion is the "Clash of Civilizations" story. Originally posited by political scientist Samuel Huntington in the 1990s, this is the idea that the world is divided into a few major religious groups and these groups will inevitably be drawn into conflict or war.
Continue the discussion with questions including:
End the discussion by noting that while stories about religion such as the Clash of Civilizations story and "all religious people are conservative" are certainly prevalent, as Unitarian Universalists we believe in the dignity of humanity, and therefore we believe in another story about inter-religious interaction. That is the story of "religious pluralism," or "interfaith cooperation." Tell the group they will explore this idea more fully in the next activity.
Comfort with reading aloud can vary widely. Do not put any youth on the spot to read aloud; always ask for volunteers. Be ready to help readers with difficult words.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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