Time: 40-80 minutes
Welcome participants. Recruit a volunteer to light the chalice.
Offer opening words 418 from Singing the Living Tradition as the volunteer kindles the flame.
Watch “Covenant” segment of video (9:48). Participants may find some of the language Paul Rasor uses to be unfamiliar. Terms such as “polity” and “prophetic” are defined in this guide’s glossary.
After the video concludes, solicit and respond to clarifying questions. Then choose from the following discussion questions to get participants talking.
Invite your group to create or revise its covenant. If you already have a covenant, begin by sharing it with the group in print and/or verbally. The process for covenant creation or revision will vary significantly from group to group. However, we offer some best practices:
If your group has just created a covenant, invite participants to take turns reading it aloud.
If your group has not just created a covenant, invite participants to take turns briefly naming something—a value, a principle, an emotion—that they aspire to affirm and promote in their work for social justice.
For more information contact socialjustice @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
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