In "Exploring Our Values Through Poetry," a Tapestry of Faith program
To preserve this time in their lives for future reflection, participants plan and fill a real or imaginary time capsule. This activity takes place in two parts: one to plan what will go into the time capsule and the other to assemble it. During the time in between, youth can gather items from home and other places that they would like to include.
Make sure each participant has a pencil/pen and his/her journal. Explain the project to participants, saying,
Today, we are going to mark this particular point in time. You will freeze your ways of being and thinking about things in this moment in a time capsule that you can revisit later—at another stage of life—in order to remember and reflect on where you are in your life right now. Often the Faith in Action activities require us to put our values into practice out in the world. In this activity, we will recognize the value of self-reflection as a way to put our UU faith in action. We believe that self-reflection leads us to a greater understanding of who we are and how we are in the universe. It helps us make meaning out of life.
Help individuals both identify the materials they will gather for their time capsules and begin to construct their time capsule containers from the materials provided. Start by listing, on newsprint or a dry erase board, the items that will go into the time capsules:
Have participants copy the list of items in their journal. Lead a discussion to explicate each item.
Invite the group to suggest additional items they might like to include.
Give a shoebox, cardboard mail tube, or plastic storage container to each participant and indicate where participants can find arts and crafts materials. Allow the group to begin decorating their time capsules and assembling the items to place inside. Participants may also use the time to brainstorm a list of time capsule contents and begin writing their letters to their future selves.
Before participants leave, tell them the date of the follow-up workshop. Remind them to bring in their remaining time capsule contents at that time so they can complete the project. If the group wants to listen to music while they finish assembling their time capsules, challenge participants to bring musical selections related to growing older and the passage of time.
Leave at least ten minutes at the end of Part One for participants to both describe what they will place in their time capsules and explain why. Use these questions to lead a reflective discussion:
Between Part One and Part Two, remind participants to gather the time capsule items. When you reconvene, participants will complete their time capsules, seal them, and write the date they plan to open them clearly on the outside. Everyone should decide where they will keep their time capsule and plan to place it there as soon as possible after leaving the workshop. Participants may decide to meet at the congregation, after the selected time period passes, to open their time capsules together. If so, they should mark this information next to the date on the outside of the container.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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