Alternate Activity 1: Favorite Hymns

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, for all participants
  • Paper and pencils/pens
  • Optional: Piano

Preparation for Activity

  • If possible, arrange for a musician (either a vocalist or a pianist) with good sight reading ability to join you for this part of the workshop.

Description of Activity

Participants share with one another hymns and readings which inspire them, comfort them, challenge them or are for some other reason personal favorites. Distribute hymnals, paper and pens/pencils. Invite participants to find their favorite hymns or readings and jot down the numbers. Tell them as they search the hymnbook for their favorites, they may discover other gems.

After about ten minutes, invite participants, one at a time, to explain why one they have chosen is a particular favorite. Sing favorite hymns as a group, accompanied by keyboard or led by an experienced vocalist.

Note common favorites among those in the group; one may suit the closing for this workshop or an opening for a subsequent workshop.

Including All Participants

A song leader or accompanist can encourage those in your group who may be reluctant to sing.

Have large print and/or braille hymnbooks available as needed by your group.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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