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In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants learn congregational history and share it by painting a mural.
Tell the group that one of the important parts of going on a spiritual journey is knowing where you have been. Point out that many of the paintings in Jacob Lawrence's The Migration Series were about what life was like in the southern United States for African Americans. Tell the participants that in this activity, they will use the medium of painting, like Jacob Lawrence, to help the rest of the congregation know something about its history.
Introduce the member of the congregation you have invited to tell the story. The story can be about how the congregation was started or some other significant moment in its history. Look for stories involving movement, migration, journeys, or change.
After the story has been told, engage the group in a discussion of how you might be able to represent that story in a painting. Develop a plan for how it should look and then have the participants paint on the large piece of canvas. This might take more than one workshop.
While working, use the following discussion questions to process the activity:
When the painting is finished, arrange for time at a Sunday morning worship to have the participants show their work to the congregation and tell the story. Then, find a place to hang the painting with a written narrative of the story.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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