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Clockwise-Counterclockwise (DEMO)


5 minutes

This demonstration helps participants see that a different perspective can change the way that they see things.



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Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Everyone stand up.”
  • “Take your right hand, and point your index finger at the ceiling.”  (Hold up your right hand and point at the ceiling to demonstrate.)
  • “Now, turn your finger in the same direction that the hands on a clock move.”  (Demonstrate what you’ve asked them to do.  Your finger should turn in a circular motion to the right, i.e. clockwise.)
  • “Good, now keep your finger turning, and slowly lower your hand until your finger is below the level of your nose.” (Demonstrate the action.)
  • “What happened?”  (When their hands are below the level of their noses, their fingers should now appear to be moving in a counter-clockwise motion.)
  • “Now, raise your hand up above your head again while you continue to move your finger in the same direction.” (Demonstrate.)
  • “What happened?” (Their fingers should now appear to be turning clockwise again.)
  • “Can anyone explain what is happening?”  (Allow them to try to explain what happened if they can.  If not, point out that their finger is always turning in the same direction.  However, their perspective has changed.  When they are below their fingers and looking up, their fingers look one way, and when they are looking down on their fingers, they look another way.)
  • “So what can we learn from this activity?”  (Responses should include that what people can see the same thing from two different perspectives and have very different experiences of the same event.  They might also note that it’s a good idea to look at things from multiple perspectives before making decisions or judgments.)


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This Biblical Case Study uses Sherrod Miller’s* “Information Wheel” to explore the conflict between Paul and Peter in 2 Galatians.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to use the Wheel as they reflect on both Peter’s and Paul’s perspectives.

Materials: You can download the worksheet for this Biblical Case Study at on the Lesson and Material Downloads page.  The file is named, “Conflict Wheel Form (Biblical Case Study).”

Explanation of the Wheel

Issue: Write down what the conflict is about.

What did you observe? Write down any facts about the Issue.  What did you see?  What did you hear?  Avoid opinions at this point.

What do you think about it? Write down your opinions about what you observed.

How do you feel about it? Write down any emotions you experienced as a result of what you thought about what happened.

What do you want for Stakeholders, Self, Others, Ministry? Think about each of these people groups, and write down what you want for them.  Stakeholders includes anyone who has a vested interest in the outcome of the conflict. Self is you.  What do you want or need? Others includes the other parties in the conflict. Ministry includes the team or the larger organization.  If you work for a secular organization, you can substitute Business.

What did / will you do? What did you do in the past related to this conflict?  What will you do now?  What will you do in the future?


Read Galatians 2:11-21.  Putting yourself in the position of Paul, fill in the Conflict Wheel to analyze how Paul might have reflected on the conflict immediately after it happened.  Fill in what you know from the Scriptures, but feel free to make up the rest based on what you know about Paul.


Now put yourself in the position of Peter (“Cephas”), and fill in the Conflict Wheel to analyze how Peter might have reflected on the conflict immediately after it happened.  You will have to make up most of the information based on what you know about Peter.


When everyone in your group is finished looking at the conflict from both points of view, discuss any insights you gained from using the “Information Wheel.”

* You can contact Sherrod Miller and learn more about “The Information Wheel” at Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc., Evergreen, CO 80439 – PH 800-328-5099

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