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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants explore their multiple identities and how their personal perspectives could affect their interfaith work and relationships.
Give each participant a marker and one sheet of newsprint. Say:
We have talked a lot about our religious identity and the story of our morals and values. But, of course, we each belong to many identity groups—our gender, race, nationality, and many others. I, for instance, am... (Describe your identity in words you choose; an example is "an African American, female, Unitarian Universalist, human.")
On your newsprint, please list all the identities you have that affect the way you behave or the way you perceive yourself. Use whatever words and order make sense to you.
You might suggest participants begin by drawing a simple self—a stick person or just a head—on the page and represent their identities as rays coming in toward the drawing. On a blank sheet of newsprint, you can model this by drawing rays and labeling them with the self-description terms used earlier.
However, make it clear that youth may represent their identities any way they wish.
Invite participants to work on newsprint for ten minutes. Play music, if desired.
Then, ask participants to post their newsprint sheets around the room and come back into a center circle to discuss their experience. Facilitate a discussion about the existence and importance of multiple identities; you might use these questions:
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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