In "Faithful Journeys," a Tapestry of Faith program
Have group stand in a circle. Explain that a spiral dance is often used to raise energy during pagan rituals and festivals.
Introduce any guest(s) who will lead the spiral dance and invite them to briefly tell when, where, and why they have done this dance before.
Ask volunteers to distribute percussion instruments or to control the music player. Lead the dance.
When you have finished the spiral dance but are still holding hands gathered in the center of the circle, say something like:
Can you feel any energy? Imagine that the energy we just raised is flowing like light through our circle. We are going to take that energy and throw it into the air for peace.
Tell children you will count to three, and when you reach "three" they may raise their arms into the air (still holding hands) and imagine peace flowing like light from your circle into the world. Lead the group in chanting, "Peace, peace, peace ... " Start the chant at normal volume, get slowly louder, and then get slowly quieter, allowing the sound to fade away altogether. Close by saying, "Blessed be."
While still in a circle, briefly ask:
End the activity by saying something like:
Many Unitarian Universalists believe that we can change the world when we send energy for good things. Pagans call this "magic."
A child with limited mobility may be able to participate in the spiral dance. Make sure there is adequate floor space for wheelchair/crutches to execute the turns, and guide the entire group to dance slowly. Or, give a child who cannot participate in the dancing a role in leading the activity, such as controlling the music player.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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