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Introduction, Workshop 10: You and Me

In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program

Identity would seem to be the garment with which one covers the nakedness of the self, in which case, it is best that the garment be loose, a little like the robes of the desert, through which one's nakedness can always be felt, and, sometimes, discerned.

— James Arthur Baldwin

This workshop has only two activities, and they both contain several steps that could easily take more than the suggested time, if the discussion is rich. If your schedule allows, you could break this lesson into two workshops. For example, Activity 2, Alike on the Inside?, could be coupled with Alternate Activity 3, Reconciliation, for one workshop period; and Activity 1, Different on the Outside, could be expanded to fill another workshop period. You can achieve the latter change by either adding additional discussion questions or by starting Alternate Activity 1, Face Forward; for instance, take photographs during the workshop and have participants or co-leaders complete the gallery set-up at a later time.

If you are unable to divide this lesson into two workshops, keep your eye on the clock and be prepared to end discussion when time runs out.

The self-portrait poems or drawings that participants create in this workshop can be included in the "time capsule" they will make in Workshop 11, Transformation. Either collect the self-portraits or ask participants to keep them in their journals with other workshop writing.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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