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Weaving a Wider Welcome

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Overview: 

Welcoming is not the work of one or two people at the door.  It takes a whole meeting to create a culture that is ready to attentively and joyfully bring newcomers into the fold of the community.  This Weaving a Wider Welcome topic offers you an opportunity to explore best practices for bringing newcomers into the life of the meeting, with special emphasis on welcoming people of color, families with young children, and LGBTQIA folks.  

For Facilitators: 

Successful facilitation creates opportunities for everyone to share and moves the group toward deep connection. Use these resources to learn more about leading a group through meetings for spiritual deepening.

Find course guides, videos, and other resources to plan your group's journey, create an inclusive space, and manage your time together.

Access resources for facilitators here.

Weaving a Wider Welcome Exercises

e.g. for an hour and a half, enter "90"

Practicing

Come together and learn about racial microaggressions through this roleplay activity.

60 minutes | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

Practice building relationships across differences to contribute to a more welcoming atmosphere for all

30 minutes | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

As we embark on our journeys as anti-racist people of faith, we are bound to make mistakes and say the wrong thing. 

45 minutes | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

Take a moment to imagine us all being free.

30 minutes | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

A tool for feeling emotions and holding space for transformation, specifically focusing on the pain of white supremacy and violence.

30 minutes | High School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

What assumptions can we identify that we as a society, as a meeting, or we individually make about newcomers?

30 minutes | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

This exercise invites you to reflect on your own experience of welcoming.

30 minutes | Middle School and Up | Newcomer Friendly

Credits

Welcoming Friend Working Group, 2018-2019: Holly Baldwin (FGC), Steven David Flowers (ILYM), Kody Hersh (SEYM), Katrina McQuail (CanYM), Bronwyn Mohlke (NYYM), Suzanne Siverling (ILYM), Eppchez Yes (NEYM), Katherine Youngmeister (IMYM)

Content Development: Rachel Ernst Stahlhut, Holly Baldwin, Kody Hersh, Lori Sinitzky, Eppchez Yes