Activity 4: What Sustains You?

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A variety of colored and fancy papers; markers and glue and/or glue sticks
  • Scissors for each participant (including left-handed scissors)
  • A cardboard box, large basket, or other large container and a cloth to cover it

Preparation for Activity

  • Arrange for each participant to have a space for cutting, writing and making paper creations. Set out materials where all can reach them.
  • In a central place, such as your chalice-lighting area, set a large box, basket or other container. Cover it with a cloth so it is visually appealing.

Description of Activity

Ask participants to consider what sustains them in times of crisis. What spiritual practices or disciplines do they find helpful? What keeps them grounded and centered when they face challenges?

Invite participants to create symbols with papers, glue and markers to represent that which sustains them and helps keep their spirits fully engaged. For example, they might create a leaf to represent walking in the woods. Suggest they create one symbol or many, and use words, pictures or abstract creations to represent that which sustains them.

After 15 minutes, re-gather participants. Invite them to name their spiritual practices as they place their creations, one person at a time, in the container.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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