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The Program (Faith like a River)

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before. — Alice Walker

History is often viewed as a linear progression, where events follow events and actions occur in reaction. But history is not straightforward. This program guides participants to explore the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage.

The program offers maximum flexibility, allowing congregations to customize a series of workshops to fit their interests and needs. Workshops are organized thematically rather than chronologically so groups can choose areas of interest to them. Just as congregations can customize the overall program, facilitators can tailor an individual workshop by selecting from a variety of different kinds of activities.

While our history is largely influenced by and centered in Europe and North America, this program includes a broad a range of stories, people, and locations.

The authors hope this program inspires both facilitators and participants to continue to explore our shared and diverse heritage.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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