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In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants explore the idea of spiritual journey through the metaphor of migration. Start by asking participants if they have ever been on a journey. Invite one participant to explain what that experience was like.
Then ask participants if they have ever been on a spiritual journey. If any have, ask them to describe what that was like. If they have not, ask them to share a few suggestions about what they think a spiritual journey would be like.
Explain that the group will explore the idea of spiritual journey by using migration as a metaphor. Point out the Jacob Lawrence painting you posted. Using the information from Leader Resource 4 and any other research you have done, take about five minutes to tell participants about Jacob Lawrence and the Great Migration. Explain that the image posted is part of a larger piece of work called The Migration Series, Lawrence's effort to tell the story of the millions of African Americans who left their homes in the southern United States and moved to northern cities. Emphasize the following:
Invite the group to reflect on the questions posted on newsprint:
Help the youth make connections with both the hopes and joys of a spiritual journey and the fears and pain that might be present.
Emphasize the point that spiritual journeys are really a quest for wholeness. Acknowledge that their experiences are different than those of the African Americans who were migrating to the North. Finally, ask participants if they see any connections between this migration story and the story of David and Goliath and the five smooth stones that was part of the opening worship.
Someone with vision impairments might need to have another participant or the workshop leader describe the image to them.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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