Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building the World We Dream About: An Anti-racism Multicultural Program

Activity 2: Exploring "Other" Identities

Activity time: 55 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Participants' "other" identity narratives or compositions

Preparation for Activity

  • Write these questions on newsprint, and post (if all groups are in the same room), or create a handout for each group:
    • How was the experience of that person different from your own?
    • What connections do you make between your life and that of your fictive person?
    • How did your assumptions influence the story you wrote?
    • What are some advantages of the "other" identity?
    • What are some disadvantages of the "other" identity?

Description of Activity

Invite questions about the serial testimony model to be sure that all participants understand it thoroughly. Introduce this activity using these or similar words:

One of the biggest difficulties of creating a multiracial/multicultural congregation is learning to negotiate a range of cultural assumptions, expectations, and value systems. This terrain cannot be negotiated unless it is identified. We asked you to write a short story in which you imagine how a person with a different identity might experience one day in their life. We're going to share those stories now. Please move back into your small groups where each of you, in turn, is invited to read your story or share your composition. After everyone in the group has shared, each person will have two minutes to respond to the posted questions (or the questions on the handout). Be sure to appoint a facilitator and a timekeeper to keep things moving.

Circulate during the small group reflection time, reminding groups at intervals how much time remains.