Activity time: 60 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
Preparation for Activity
- Invite anyone who helped with planning or implementing the project to participate in this reflection.
Description of Activity
An important but often neglected part of any social justice activity is the opportunity to reflect on what participants have learned from the experience. Pose the following questions to the participants, and record their responses on newsprint:
- What do you think worked best about this project?
- What was frustrating?
- Who was the most memorable person you met?
- Did your view of the world change in any way?
- Did you feel your gifts were welcome? Were you able to welcome the gifts of others in your group and people you met?
- What will you remember about this experience?
- How do you think your actions changed the world (even if in small ways)?
You, your co-leader, or perhaps a parent volunteer should summarize the feedback and share with the director of religious education. This feedback can help other groups plan future Faith in Action projects. You may wish to share with this information with the Social Action committee or other volunteers in the congregation as well.
In addition, invite participants to help write a newsletter article about the experience. Be sure to get appropriate permission to share the information and any pictures from the project on the congregation's website. You may also wish to create a scrapbook of photos from any Faith in Action projects your group completed during Circle of Trees.
Including All Participants
Be sure to encourage participants of all ages and ability levels to share their feedback.