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Introduction, Session 10: Speak Out

In "Faithful Journeys," a Tapestry of Faith program

A "No" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. — Mohandas Gandhi

In this session, participants are introduced to the fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle, the right of conscience and the use of democratic process. We introduce Maria Cook (1779-1835), an early Universalist preacher, who responded to a trumped-up vagrancy charge by practicing passive resistance and, when jailed, preached Universalism to those who shared her incarceration. In Maria Cook, participants find a model of someone who held fast to the teachings of her conscience in the face of authority and found peaceful, dignified ways to express her views even when those around her tried to shut her down. Participants role-play responses to situations that challenge their consciences or beliefs. We will add the signpost "Speak Out" to our Faithful Journeys Path.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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