1.6 – Closing Ritual/Checkout – (10 minutes)
Closing question: Is there a “both/and” statement that feels true for you as we leave this space? Some tension that is true for you emotionally about this topic and the conversations moving forward in this community?
(Pause to give people time to think. This is useful so that people aren’t still thinking about what they’re going to say while other people are already sharing.)
Go around in the circle with each person sharing their statement to close out.
Offer a poem to take home. Read and distribute as desired.
A poem by Joseph M. Cherry, from the book Voices from the Margins
Prayer for Living in the Tension
If we have any hope of transforming the world and changing ourselves,
we must be
bold enough to step into our discomfort,
brave enough to be clumsy there,
loving enough to forgive ourselves and others,
May we, as a people of faith, be granted the strength to be
and so loving.
Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed (2012). Voices from the Margins. Skinner House.
A quote from Samuel Johnson, from the book The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart
It is our first duty to serve society, and after we have done that, we may attend wholly to the salvation of our own souls.
Robert Bly, James Hillman, and Michael Meade (Eds) (1992). The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart. Harper Collins.