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Activity 2: How I Became Unitarian Universalist
Activity time: 20 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers and tape
- Optional: Poster(s), wallet cards or brochures which provide the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources
Preparation for Activity
Description of Activity
Participants reflect on and share their experiences of becoming, or growing up, a Unitarian Universalist, and learn about the paths others have taken.
Tell the group you will conduct a brief, interactive survey. Ask:
1. When did you become a Unitarian Universalist? (Invite participants to raise their hands to respond.)
- from birth/as a child
- as a teen
- as a young adult
- after I became a parent
- in my middle years
- after retirement
2. What was/were the religion/religions of your family of origin? (Invite responses one at a time.)
3. Which of the six Sources of Unitarian Universalism speaks most deeply to you? (Indicate the Sources you have posted or distributed. Name each Source in turn, and ask for a show of hands in response.)
Invite participants to move into groups of three to share their stories of becoming a Unitarian Universalist, or choosing to remain a UU if they were raised UU. Tell them they will each have three minutes. Announce three-minute intervals.
When all have shared, re-gather the group and invite volunteers to offer observations or insights from their conversations. Facilitate with these questions, as appropriate and as time allows:
- What patterns do you see in one another's stories? What differences?
- What, if any, fundamental difference do you see between those raised Unitarian Universalist and those finding our faith as teens or adults?
- What difference(s) do you find between those who first became Unitarian Universalist primarily for their children and those who first became Unitarian Universalist primarily for themselves?