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Opening (2 minutes), Workshop 4: Social Justice Philosophy and Practice

In "The New UU," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, for all participants
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter, or an LED battery-operated candle
  • Appropriate stand or small table for the chalice
  • Cloth or decorative covering for chalice stand

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare a welcoming space, including comfortable seating arranged in a circle around a small table with a chalice at its center.
  • Place a hymnbook on or near each chair.

Description of Activity

At the designated starting time, bring participants together. Invite a volunteer to light the chalice. Introduce the opening reading with these or similar words:

Mark Morrison-Reed is a retired UU minister. An African American, he has documented much of the history of the African American experience in Unitarianism and Universalism—both the positive and negative aspects. He has prompted us toward becoming a more anti-racist Association. Let's read his words, Reading 580 in the hymnbook, in unison.

Lead the reading.

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Last updated on Friday, December 9, 2011.

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