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DIALOGUE ON THE SHARED VALUES OF SERVICE
Goals of the dialogue
Setting a safe space for dialogue — 10 minutes
Introduce the kind of discussion we will be having today.
Tell participants, "You will be asked to talk about your faith and your values today with others who do not necessarily share your beliefs and ways of life."
Brainstorm the guidelines for this unique discussion:
Take notes on your group's responses, and then read the responses aloud to conclude the discussion.
Here's a list of key safe space guidelines. When your group is done brainstorming, add to the list anything you might have missed:
Texts on the shared value of service — 15 minutes
Ask the group to go around the circle and read the texts on service (Handout 2) aloud. Make it clear that no one has to read if they feel uncomfortable doing so.
Ask the group to reflect on what they have read:
Explain that the group will use these texts as we practice how we might interact with people who are different from us, in light of our shared values.
Storytelling as a means of dialogue — 20 minutes
Ask the group to tell a story about a meaningful service experience. Emphasize that this need not be a religious story. If they get stuck, share a story from your experience. Now push the story further by asking participants to reflect on what inspired them to do this work:
Returning to the texts — 15 minutes
Ask the group to read the texts on Handout 2 aloud again. Encourage participants to see if they think about things differently after they have listened to stories about inspiration from different traditions.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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