Activity 3: Large Group Exercise and Discussion
Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Participant journals or paper and pens/pencils
- Workshop 1, Leader Resource 2, Affirming Experiences and Marginalizing Experiences
Preparation for Activity
- Copy Workshop 1, Leader Resource 2 for all participants. Do not customize the resource this time.
Description of Activity
Distribute copies of Workshop 1, Leader Resource 2 and invite participants to return to the narratives from the "Theater of Voices" that were read during the first workshop. If you have only presented selected narratives in past workshops, explain that there are more voices in this current resource. Invite participants to turn their attention specifically to those narratives from Unitarian Universalist People of Color and other people marginalized by race or ethnicity. Ask participants to consider what parts of particular writers' identities are surfacing. Ask: Based on what you can glean from the narrative, what makes them "feel human"? Allow ten minutes for this discussion.
Invite participants to map their identities on paper or in their journals, offering these directions:
- On a sheet of paper, draw a circle in the center of the page.
- Write the word "me" inside the center of the circle.
- Next, consider all the various "identities" that you carry. These factors can be things that you name for yourself or how other people "name you."
- Write them down, arranging them around the "me" circle, and draw a circle around each of those elements.
- Draw lines that connect the element circles to the "me" circle in the center of the page.
Tell participants they have ten minutes to complete their identity drawings.
Including All Participants
Have a facilitator partner with any participant who is not able to draw. Invite them to tell the facilitator what to record and how to arrange the identity circles.