Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: A Place of Wholeness: A Program for Youth Exploring Their Own Unitarian Universalist Faith Journeys

Activity 3: Wholeness in Community

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Cut each scenario from Handout 1 to be given to different participants.

Description of Activity

Participants explore the meaning of wholeness within their faith community.

Start by explaining that wholeness is not just about the individual: there is a community aspect to wholeness as well. Tell the group that they will explore what community wholeness can look like in their faith community.

Ask for six volunteers and give them each a slip of paper from Handout 1. Explain that each volunteer will stand in the middle of the room and read an example of someone who could be in their faith community and who needs this community in some way. The task for the rest of the group is to think of a way that they, or someone else in the congregation, might help that person. The help may come from the minister, or the director of religious education, or a member of the congregation, including the youth themselves.

Once they have identified a person and how they could help, they should go to the volunteer in the middle, put their hand on their shoulder, and state who they are and how they could help.

When you have given these instructions, ask for one of the volunteers to go in the middle of the circle and read their script. If the group seems hesitant, share an example yourself. Repeat this activity through all six scenarios.

Then lead a discussion with the following questions:

  • For the people in the middle: How did it feel to be in that role? How do you think it would feel if you were actually that person?
  • To those who were the helpers: How did it feel to be in that role? Could you imagine providing that kind of assistance in a real situation?
  • Can you think of real life examples of your faith community acting this way? Remind participants not to use the names of others in their stories.
  • Did this activity give you any new thoughts about wholeness in community?

Now ask for one last volunteer and ask them to be present in the middle. Then tell the group that this person represents them. Ask them to think about how they would like to be supported in the community. When they have an idea ask them to come to the center, put their hand on the volunteer's shoulder, and state how they would like to be supported. Make sure the volunteer gets a chance to respond.