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Explain that understanding the political, cultural, and religious context of a martyr's death helps us better understand the person's life and the meaning of their actions. If possible, pass around or project the image of Raphael's painting, "School of Athens."
Distribute Handout 1, Tumultuous Times in 16th Century Europe. Add key events to the Time Line of UU History. Invite participants to note themes they observe in the events on the handout. Ask:
If you are using the Raphael painting, ask:
Ask if participants are familiar with the Unitarian martyr, Michael Servetus and invite them to share their knowledge. Pass around or project the portrait of Servetus (Leader Resource 3). Use Leader Resource 2, Michael Servetus to provide an outline of Servetus' life. Then, read aloud the sentence of Servetus as pronounced by the Syndics in Geneva. Invite participants to listen closely for evidence of Servetus' crimes of heresy that were woven into the sentence. Once the reading is complete, pause for a moment of silence.
Invite participants to turn to a partner and respond to the questions you have posted on newsprint. After five minutes, invite participants to focus their attention on the large group. Invite comments, observations, and responses to the questions.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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