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Closing (5 minutes), Workshop 5: Difficulties of Interfaith Work

In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Small, smooth stones or blank index cards for all participants
  • Permanent markers (or paint pens)
  • A basket or bowl
  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle
  • Taking It Home

Preparation for Activity

  • Adapt Taking It Home and copy for all participants or arrange to distribute by email after the workshop.
  • Arrange stones (or cards) in the basket.

Description of Activity

Say, in your own words:

Today you have engaged with difficulties that might arise in your work as interfaith leaders. Let's take a moment to take long, deep breaths. (Model at least three deep inhales and exhales.)

Let us close this workshop by reminding ourselves what sustains us. I invite each of you to take a stone (or card) and write on it a word of encouragement that you can keep with you to remind you of why interfaith service work is important to you.

Pass out stones and markers. Give participants a few minutes to write their word.

Invite each participant to share their words, with a reminder that they are free to pass.

When all who wish to have shared, lead the group to read together, Reading 698, "Take courage friends... " by Wayne Arnason.

Extinguish the chalice. Distribute Taking It Home. Thank and dismiss participants.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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