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Leaders (Exploring Our Values Through Poetry)

You do not need to be a poetry expert to facilitate these workshops effectively. You simply need an open mind and a sense of adventure. If, like many of us, you have at some point in your schooling felt daunted by poetry textbooks that feature poems followed by an "answer" section (or by the teaching of poetry "drill and kill" style), we hope you feel liberated by the approach we take here. These workshops envision poems not as entities to "decode" or master, but as a way in—to us, to truth, to others. These poems will be our partners in exploration, not our opponents.

They say that the best way to learn something is to teach it. While facilitating or leading are more apt words for what you will do as you guide participants through these workshops, you will certainly learn. Best of all, once you find a poem that speaks to you, that really sheds light on an essential truth as you have come to know it—that poem becomes a teacher, guide, and friend for life—something to which you can return for inspiration and solace again and again.

We recommend a team of two or more co-leaders. While one facilitates an activity, the second leader can focus on participants who need assistance. Your congregation might have guidelines that stipulate the number of adults needed to facilitate a program.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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