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Closing (13 minutes), Workshop 7: Relational Ethics

In "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Taking It Home handout

Preparation for Activity

  • Customize Taking It Home and copy for all participants. You may wish to include this workshop's Faith in Action activity, this workshop's Find Out More section, and/or the Spiritual Preparation section of the workshop that comes next in your series.

Description of Activity

Lead a conversation using these questions:

  • If our congregation were to use a relational ethics framework to guide its decision making, what might change? How would social justice work be affected? How would antiracism conversations change? How would the congregation's school and youth group change? How might the structures of power and authority change?
  • Does a relational ethical framework hold us accountable differently than the other ethical frameworks we have studied? How?
  • Could relying exclusively on a relational ethical framework pose any challenges? What might these be?

Invite participants to share a word or phrase indicating a feeling or thought they are taking away from the workshop. Distribute Taking It Home. Share Reading 601 in Singing the Living Tradition, "When All the People," by Mo-Tse, as you extinguish the chalice.

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Last updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.

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