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This Faith in Action expands Activity 2, Faith Statements, to the whole congregation. Youth will collect congregants' elevator speeches and work with congregational leaders to share them with the rest of the congregation as well as the larger community through the Internet. This is an opportunity for youth to practice leadership, to build multigenerational community, and to contribute to the outreach of the congregation.
Begin by describing the project to the group. Tell them that this project involves gathering the elevator speeches and faith statements of members of their congregation and sharing them with both the congregation and the larger community in the form of videos, audio recordings/podcasts, and/or text. Emphasize that this is a chance for them to build community within the congregation, get to know more adults in the congregation, and reach out to those who might want to learn about Unitarian Universalism and their congregation through the elevator speeches they provide on the congregation's website. Explain that there are a few areas of preparation work that will need volunteers:
Explain that the questions they will ask congregants are, "What is Unitarian Universalism to you?" and "Why are you a member of this congregation?" Ask for volunteers who are willing to do the interviewing. Make sure ahead of time that they know how to use the recording technology. Youth might work in pairs, with one interacting with the congregant while the other handles the recording equipment. They can alternate roles in conducting interviews.
Schedule a gathering, or a series of gatherings, to bring congregants together to be recorded. After collecting the elevator speeches, edit them and put them on the website with the help of the congregational staff and leaders.
There are many different tasks in this project including technology, logistics, outreach and publicity, and interviewing. Help match participants' interests and skills with the tasks, so that everyone has a role in the project.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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