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Activity 3: Community Asset Mapping
Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Handout 3, Community Asset Mapping Worksheet
- Handout 4, Community Asset Mapping List
- Multiple copies of local phone books
- Maps of surrounding community, if available
- Optional: Computer with Internet access and printer
- Optional: Large box to hold lists, maps, and other resources
Preparation for Activity
- Make lists of all the schools and/or religious congregations in the community surrounding your congregation. Make several copies of your lists for participants to share.
- Print out Handouts 3 and 4. Copy each for all participants and co-leaders.
- Complete your copy of Handout 3, Community Asset Mapping Worksheet, as fully as time allows. Your preparation will help you anticipate participants' difficulties or potential discoveries when they fill out their handouts.
- Look for good maps or lists of all religious congregations in the area. Research online and by talking with friends in your congregation and community. Gather these resources to share with participants.
- Optional: Create a resource box and include maps, lists, and other resources.
Description of Activity
Participants "map" their community to identify potential partners for building religious pluralism locally.
Say, in your own words:
We have been talking about how to treat our neighbors, and how to expand our definition of who is a neighbor to us. Now, we are going to get more literal about who are neighbors are.
Our journey together is not just learning about what religious pluralism is and why we as Unitarian Universalists believe in it, but also about building it right here in our community. We are going to conduct an interfaith service event. This activity is the next step toward that goal. We are going to identify people neighboring our congregation and communities who might be future partners in interfaith cooperation.
Distribute Handouts 3 and 4, and pencils/pens. On Handout 4, invite volunteers to read aloud the eight categories of potential partners. Ask if anyone has questions about the categories. Have participants count off into small groups of three. Ask each group to take some of the resources you have gathered and look for resources in the surrounding community where there might be people who would clearly make interfaith service easier. On Handout 3, invite them to fill out the boxes for "Who do I know?" and "Who should I know?"
After 10-15 minutes, gather the large group and have small groups share some of their most surprising findings. What did they learn? Who in this community could we potentially work with as a group?