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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.
Make sure that each participant has their journal and something to write with. Invite participants to consider:
Recall a time when you felt marginalized or unwelcome in a situation because of who you are rather then because of something you did or said. What happened? Who was there? How did you feel? How did you respond?
Allow participants five minutes to reflect and make notes in their journals. Then, invite them to turn to a partner and share their story. Allow ten minutes for paired sharing.
Now share this quotation from Unitarian Universalist minister Jen Crow:
It is our calling, I believe, as people of faith to take off our armor—to remove to the best of our ability the fear that distances us from one another, to face hatred with calm and gentleness, to sing with love as we pass those who might call us an abomination, to stand together with all who are oppressed as we use own experience of wholeness and liberation to help liberate others. It is our calling, I believe, as people of faith, to create for others and for ourselves the conditions in our church and in our whole community in which we can all say—I believe in you, my soul—and know our uniqueness, and know our sameness—and feel our deep connection.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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