In "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists," a Tapestry of Faith program
I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
I would be pure, for there are those who care;
I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare;
I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
I would be friend, of all, the foe, the friendless
I would be giving, and forget the gift;
I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.
Share the posted lyrics from the 1917 hymn "I Would Be True" as you or a volunteer lights the chalice. Invite participants to sing the hymn. Tell participants this hymn was included in Hymns of the Spirit, the hymnal used by Unitarians and Universalists well into the 1960s. Ask if any participants recall singing this hymn, perhaps as children. Ask: "Do the lyrics make sense to you as a moral framework? Are there ways in which they do not?"
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Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012.
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