Faith Club Ice Breakers
How do you start talking to strangers about God, religion, faith, death,
prejudice, and eternity? Very slowly. It’s not like discussing the weather.
You can disagree about tomorrow’s forecast, and no one will suffer. But if
you imply to someone that her religious practices are devoid of reason, her
faith has no validity, or her religion misinterprets scripture, you are
threatening the very core of her identity. Don’t expect to see her at meeting
number two. So, play it safe instead. Use some of our Ice Breakers to get to know one
another. Faith club members will each reveal a little about themselves, and
in the process you’ll learn to trust and respect one another. You’ll find
commonalities that may surprise you and discover differences that you may
need to keep in mind as you ease into more intimate and divisive
Divide into pairs. Each person gets five minutes to
interview another person about her background including where she is from,
what she studied, how religion was practiced in her family, etc. (If you’re a
small group, take turns interviewing each other.) After ten minutes, the
members introduce their partner to the rest of the club. See how accurately
people perceive one another based on a first impression.
FIND A PARTNER
Each member takes a name tag and writes down two or
three adjectives describing themselves. Everybody compares tags, then
chooses someone with opposite adjectives and talks to that person for five
minutes. Can they come up with two or three adjectives that describe both
THEY JUST DON’T GET IT
If you are a large faith club, break into
groups of three or four people of the same religion. Make a list of five things
you’d like people to understand about your religion. If you’re a small group,
each member can make his or her own list.
Share a dream that you think may have had some
religious significance. Let the other members of your faith club try to
analyze its meaning.
THE LIE DETECTOR
Each person takes an index card and writes down
three statements about his or her faith. Two are true, and one is a lie. Read
them aloud, and members try to guess which statement is a lie.
THE QUOTATION GAME
Everyone should bring a quotation that is
inspirational to them. Write the quotes on index cards. Shuffle the cards and
see if faith club members can guess who brought each quote. Don’t guess
DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?
Share a miracle you’ve heard
about in your life. Do you believe it? Do others believe it?
ARE YOU TALKING TO ME?
Write down a sentence that you hope no
one ever utters in the confines of your faith club. Take a deep breath, read
your sentence aloud, and see what happens to the temperature in the room.
Lay your cards on the table. What is the most important
thing you want people to respect about you and your religion? Write that
point down. Then belt it out!
I HAVE A DREAM
Answer these two questions. Why did you join a faith
club, and what do you hope to get out of this experience?