In "Resistance and Transformation," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite a participant to light the chalice while you lead a unison reading of Reading 449 from Singing the Living Tradition: "We hallow this time together by kindling the lamp of our heritage."
Lead the group in singing the hymn you have chosen.
After the song, invite participants to introduce themselves and to share a bit about what brings them to the workshop. Allow ten minutes for introductions.
Read these words written by Clarence Skinner, a 20th-century Universalist theologian, minister, and social justice activist:
If there is anything which ought to be distinctive of religion, it is a feeling of active relationship between the self and a mystic, other, better world. There is no reason why this sense of relationship should be confined to a hazy realm where the soul visits after death. Can there not be a social and political mysticism which calls for an eager faith? Can we not visualize another better world which not yet real, but is capable of becoming a reality? The old mysticism was individualistic. But this other mysticism would contain a diviner urge and lay upon humanity a sense of something great to be done. Not to die for our faith as the saint of old, not to kill for it, as does the solider, but to live for it—to live splendidly, with utter devotion.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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