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We have all of us, whether rich or poor, whether high or low, of whatever nationality and religious conviction, the same supreme necessities and the same great problem and infinity of love. This old world has rolled on through countless stages and phases of physical progress until it is the home of humanity, and it has, through a process of evolution or growth, reached an era of intellectual and spiritual development where there is "malice toward none and charity toward all," and when, without prejudice, without fear, and in perfect fidelity, we may clasp hands across the chasm of our differences and speed and cheer each other on in the ways of all that is good and true. — Augusta Jane Chapin (1836-1905), Universalist minister and educator
This workshop focuses on communication skills to be used in interfaith service work with the greater community. If the group is sharing planning duties with other youth groups, consider facilitating these activities for everyone involved in planning. That way, youth practice decision-making in an interfaith setting.
The youth will plan a press release for a volunteer to format and then disseminate to local media. You will need to create a media contact list in advance. To ensure media receive the press release in time, hold this publicity workshop at least two weeks—preferably three weeks—before the interfaith service event you want to promote.
This workshop will:
- Introduce the importance of sharing religious pluralism effectively in doing interfaith work
- Guide participants to publicize the planned interfaith service event.
- Learn how to facilitate interfaith dialogue and have the opportunity to role play difficult dialogue situations
- Experience different and creative ways to publicize an interfaith service event.