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 in Singing the Living Tradition, "We hallow this time together by kindling the lamp of our heritage."
Lead the group in singing the social justice hymn you have chosen.
After the song, invite everyone to reflect quietly on a time in their lives when they felt part of a community that lived by their values and modeled those values for others. After a minute, invite them to form pairs and describe their community experience to their partner. Explain that each person will have five minutes to speak uninterrupted. Ring a bell after five minutes and request that partners change speakers. After another five minutes, ring the bell and re-gather the large group.
Share this quote from George Ripley, founder of the Brook Farm utopian community:
I can imagine no plan which is suited to carry into effect so many divine ideas as this. If wisely executed, it will be a light over this country and this age. If not the sunrise, it will be the morning star... I wish to see a society of educated friends, working, thinking, and living together, with no strife, except that of each to contribute the most to the benefit of all.
Explain that this workshop will explore the concept of utopianism in Unitarian Universalist history, through the story of Brook Farm.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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