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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants explore the role of storytelling in their lives.
Ask the group to close their eyes and try to remember a favorite story from childhood. This can be a story from a book, the plot of a movie, something that really happened to them, or anything else they feel inspired to share. Ask a few volunteers to briefly share their story (or invite every participant to share, if time allows).
Then, brainstorm as a group all the different kinds of places they hear stories. As participants offer ideas, write them on newsprint; you may hear ideas such as "in the cafeteria," "at home," "in history class," "on the news," "in books," "on television."
Invite youth to discuss the role storytelling plays in our lives, particularly in building strong relationships. Elicit the following ideas:
Close by saying, in these words or your own:
Storytelling is incredibly important to us as humans. Experiencing and telling our own individual stories can powerfully shape the kinds of big world and broad cultural stories we have been discussing today.
Encourage participants, before the next workshop, to think about the story of their life, and what parts of their own story support them to believe in the story of religious pluralism—the story that interfaith cooperation is possible and important. Tell them that in future workshops they will explore the power of storytelling further and will gain tools to help them find their stories and learn how to tell them well.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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