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Closing (7 minutes), Session 10: Speak Out

In "Faithful Journeys," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Faithful Journeys Path
  • Signpost for Session 10 (Leader Resource 3) and pins, glue stick or tape
  • Copies of Session 1, Leader Resource 8, UU Principles Song, for all participants
  • Optional: Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Print out Leader Resource 3 and cut out the signpost.
  • Optional: Write the UU Principles Song lyrics on newsprint, and post.
  • Customize, print out and photocopy the Taking It Home section for all participants.

Description of Activity

This activity helps children get used to practicing a closing ritual as a way of affirming their belonging in the faith community.

Gather the group in a circle. Thank the children for participating and sharing their stories and ideas in this session. Tell them something you liked about the way they worked together as a community.

Point out the Faithful Journeys Path. Say, in your own words:

Our Faithful Journeys Path shows our journey to live our lives and act in ways that reflect our Unitarian Universalist beliefs and faith. The signposts direct us by reminding us about our Principles.

Today's signpost is "Speak Out." It stands for our fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle, the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process. It means that we believe that people deserve a voice and a vote in matters that concern them.

Attach the signpost to the Faithful Journeys Path.

Remind the children that next time they meet they will have a chance to add Faithful Footprints to the Faithful Journeys Path. Encourage them to use their voices to speak out about what they think is true or fair, or to use their votes or otherwise participate in a democratic process. Suggest children make sure a club at school includes everyone; choose something to change at school or home and start a petition to get people to sign and give to the decision-makers; or speak out to a parent, a teacher, or another person in authority to protest a decision or rule they think is unfair.

Point out the words to the UU Principles Song. Tell the children it is sung to the tune of "Old McDonald Had a Farm." Lead the children in singing the verse about the fifth Principle. Then, sing the entire song together. Explain that you will learn about all of the Principles during the Faithful Journeys program.

Distribute the Taking It Home handout. Thank the children, tell them you look forward to seeing them next time, and dismiss the group.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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