If you haven’t yet heard of it, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to the Ravel/Unravel project. “Unravel your assumptions” is their motto. And they’re asking you to help them ravel your unraveling into something wonderfully new — “a multimedia exploration of the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and our world.” (See the video below.)
Begun a year ago by Project Interfaith in Omaha, Ravel/Unravel is an invitation: “We’re exploring the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and the complexities of how we construct and deconstruct identity. We invite you to view the stories that make up RavelUnravel and add to the movement by sharing your own.”
Close to a thousand people have taken up that invitation so far. And it’s fun to do. Just turn on the camera in your phone or your computer, follow the prompts on the website, and upload your answers. Yes, I’m already there, part of a rainbow gathering of age and gender, ethnicity and nationality, faith and spirituality, including (but not limited to) Christians, Muslims and Jews of all denominations, Hindus and Buddhists and Sikhs, agnostics and atheists and secular humanists, Native Americans and pantheists.
The questions you’re prompted to speak to (reasonably briefly!):
1. What is your first name?
2. What is your religious or spiritual identity and why do you identify as such?
3. What is a stereotype that impacts you based on your religious or spiritual identity?
4. Have you found your community welcoming of your chosen religious or spiritual path? Why or why not?
5. Is there anything else you would like us to know about you and your religion or belief system?
My advice: don’t overthink it, just do it. And enjoy it. As the director of Project Interfaith says here: “This isn’t about theology; this is about community.”