In "Amazing Grace," a Tapestry of Faith program
As participants enter, greet them. If you have newcomers, greet them warmly and be sure they know others in the room. Give them nametags if others have them. Ask newcomers and old timers alike to look at the Conundrum Corner, but do not say anything more about it. In answer to any questions about it, say you will be talking about it later.
If playing "Amazing Grace," stop the music or reduce the volume to a very low background level.
Lead the group in the day's opening rituals—a chalice lighting, a moment of focusing silence, and a moment of sharing.
Light the chalice, or let a youth do so, and speak these words (asking the group to join you if you have posted them):
May this light shine today on the history of Unitarianism.
Ask the group to be silent for a moment as they reflect on the opening words and settle in for the session. End the silence by saying "blessed be," or other appropriate words. Ask the youth to raise a hand if they have ever felt guilty. Assure them that you will not ask what they have felt guilty about. Ask if anybody has felt guilty in the past week—but again, do not ask the reason. Say that guilt is one of the subjects you will discuss during the session because it is one of the possible consequences of doing wrong. Another subject you will discuss is the idea that people's actions have consequences.
Extinguish the chalice without ceremony and move the chalice table aside as necessary to allow movement in the room.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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