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Action Reflection Papers

(4-6 pages)

Write a paper on your first hand experiences exploring the world of chaplaincy. It can be based on your field trips or your volunteer work. There are no ‘right’ answers for an Action Reflection paper. This assignment is meant to develop your skill in the action/reflection method of development used by chaplains. Follow this outline:


SECTION 1: NO LONGER THAN ONE (1) PAGE. PUT 10% OF YOUR ENERGY INTO WRITING THIS SECTION.

• Type of activity: Field trip, Reading report, Incident, Informational interview, one-on-one encounter, etc.
• Date of event/activity:
• Describe the event/activity (initials of people involved, location, time, length, setting, observations of environment, what happened, quotes, etc.):
• What were your thoughts and feelings beforehand (enthusiastic, resistant, anxious, etc.):
• What were your expectations/assumptions/attitude prior to the event/activity: (hint: none = impossible)


SECTION 2: LOOK DEEPLY INTO YOUR EXPERIENCE. PUT 50% OF YOUR ENERGY INTO THIS SECTION.

• What actions, words, terms, language stood out to you?
• Which of your assumptions were proved/disproved?
• What you were drawn to, what did you pull away from, what were you neutral about?
• What happened/was heard/written said by another that reinforced your current beliefs, values, understandings? And what challenged/was opposed to these?
• What were you grateful you: knew about, could do, could be present with to be of service?
• What do you wish you had: known more about, been able to do, overcome, been more present to be of service in the situation?

SECTION 3: IMAGINE YOU ARE GIVING A DHARMA TALK ABOUT THE EVENT, AND THE ATTENDEES WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PRACTICE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION. NAME THE DHARMA OR PRACTICE WITHIN THE EVENT AND YOUR ACTIONS. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT SECTION OF THIS ASSIGNMENT, DO NOT SKIMP HERE.

• What aspect of the dharma was most present in the event/activity? What Buddhist principle, teaching, story applies to the situation? Explain.
• What is your learning from the event, and this reflection? What new questions or concerns arise for you?
• How can you use awareness from this reflection in future events/encounters?

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