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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants start planning an interfaith service event.
Tell participants an important component of this program will be coordinating an interfaith service event. Explain that this project will give participants an opportunity to put into action the concepts they will explore in the workshops.
Say, in your own words:
The third item in our definition of religious pluralism is "common action for the common good." (Refer to Leader Resource 1, Religious Pluralism PowerPoint or poster, if available.) As part of becoming interfaith leaders, we will create the opportunity to engage in common action by coordinating an interfaith service event.
Every major religion asks practitioners to serve their communities. In particular, our faith asks us to make the world a more just place by helping those in need. All of us will experience need at some point in our lives. When we help each other meet our needs, we put love and faith into action. In a later workshop, we will look at specific examples of how different, major religions encourage people to put their faith into action through service. The commonality across religions of serving the world gives us common ground on which to build solid interfaith relationships.
(Make sure youth understand this before proceeding.)
An interfaith service event will take a great deal of planning. If we wanted to involve only our group, planning would be easier. However, for this event, we want to solicit planning partners from other faith communities and, possibly our wider, local community at large. Let us start with some basic calendaring and logistics.
Post the calendar(s) on the wall. Fill in noteworthy dates, such as holidays and school vacations. Discuss possible time lines for the service event. As a group, establish:
Tell participants they will continue planning next time the group meets by examining the needs of the community and brainstorming interfaith groups with whom they might share in the service work. Ask youth to come next time ready to discuss the type of event they might want to hold.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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