In "Amazing Grace," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants perform the play "The UUs and the Bullies" (Leader Resource 2). The play speaks of UU Principles and Sources, and introduces the idea of elevator speeches, which will be developed in other activities in this session.
Call for volunteers to act out the play. The play calls for nine actors. If you have fewer participants than that, let individuals play more than one part. If you have more than nine actors, stop the play from time to time and reassign some parts to new people. The nametags are important to help actors as well as any audience keep track of who is who. The tags should be large enough for you to see them at a distance. Actors who are playing more than one part should hold up the appropriate nametag whenever they are reading.
Act out the play. Afterwards, ask participants what they think about the play, using questions such as:
Point out the poster showing the UU Principles and Sources. Ask if your youth are familiar with the Principles and Sources. Most sixth graders who have been in a UU congregation for any length of time will know something about the Principles. If your group includes newcomers or others who answer in the negative, consider making time in your schedule to go through them. Point out that the Principles are really a covenant among the congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association. However, many UUs feel that the Principles are good guidelines for how individuals should think and act. Some UUs talk about the Principles in their elevator speech as something that holds members of our faith together.
Quietly coach any participants with limited reading ability if they stumble over words.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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