Different communities plan and adapt activities during the Meditation time in the WDP Service for their own congregations preferences and comfort levels. What did your planning team try? Let us know in the comment section below!
Salida, CO WDP Planning Team at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Photo by Jean Hanfelt.
“We did the optional activity—each one received 3 colors of crepe paper upon arrival and turned to their left and shared when they had been a stranger and were welcomed, also to the person on their right. Everyone tied the paper together as we were seated in a large circle, and then formed a heart on the floor around a world globe.”
Janice Sorge, Merced, CA
“We found out as soon as you speak to a stranger, they are no longer a stranger. We thought it was a very interesting program and split it up into three main parts—one for each participating congregation to lead. We used the interactive activity with three colors of ribbon. Each person told about when they were a stranger to the next person and then tied their ribbons together to make a long string.”
Faith I. Specht, Marcus, IA
“Rather than have a processional, the 24 women simply gathered in a circle of chairs around the piano. The meditation was a group discussion about when we have been strangers and who the strangers are in our own community.”
Betty Schaffer, Easthampton, MA