Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Windows and Mirrors: A Program about Diversity for Grades 4-5

Windows and Mirrors, Grades 4-5

© 2009

In spirit, we embrace the contribution of diversity to our collective ability to pursue truth, fairness, justice and love. In practice, however, we often fail to embrace all the experiences and viewpoints in our communities as respectfully or as wholly as we might. Sometimes, we fail to even see differences among us. We seem most prone to gloss over differences when to acknowledge them requires acute self-examination and may lead to pain, shame, discomfort or guilt.

Windows and Mirrors nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about, and respect those of others. The sessions unpack topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer. The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.

About the Authors

Gabrielle Farrell

Gabrielle Farrell was the Director of Religious Education at All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, DC from 2002-2013. She has a B.S. in Special Education and a B.A. in Elementary Education.

Jenice View

Dr. Jenice View is a lifelong member of All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC. She has a Ph.D from The Union Institute and is an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University.

Natalie Maxwell Fenimore

Rev. Natalie Maxwell Fenimore is part of the ministerial team at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York. Rev. Fenimore has been director of religious education, parish minister, and minster of religious education in Unitarian Universalist congregations in...

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