Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Leader Resource 3, Source Star - Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage
- Pencils or markers
- Taking It Home section
- Optional: Session 1, Handout 3, Our Sources Lyrics
- Optional: A recording of the song "Our Sources (MP3)" and a music player
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 3, Source Star - Our Unitarian Universalist Heritage. Copy for all participants, plus one to place on the Night Sky display. Cut out the stars.
- Download, adapt, and copy Taking It Home for all participants (or plan to email it to all families after the session).
- Write the words for the seventh UU Source on newsprint, and post:
Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from examples of faithful belief and action from our Unitarian Universalist heritage.
- Optional: Prepare to teach and lead the song "Our Sources."
- Copy Session 1, Handout 3, Our Sources Lyrics, or write the words on newsprint, and post. Plan to store handouts or newsprint for re-use.
- Learn the song so you can teach it to the group. Listen to the song online to familiarize yourself with it. You might invite a member of the choir or someone in the congregation comfortable leading songs to learn the song with you and help you.
- Set the cut-out Source Stars with pencils or markers on work tables.
Description of Activity
Gather the children at work tables. Invite them each to decorate a Source Star to take home and share with their family. You might suggest they draw something they learned today about our Unitarian Universalist faith and its history, or things children who live in India might like or do. As children work, attach one star that says "We learn from Our UU Faith Heritage" to the Night Sky.
When children are done, gather them in a circle. Say, in your own words:
Today we learned about the Unitarian minister Margaret Barr. She started a school in India where children from different religions learned to read together, and learned to be guided by love. We can learn from Rev. Barr's example of faith and action. That is our seventh Source: Examples we might follow from the women and men and congregations who were Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists before us whose actions were guided by love. We can learn from them how our faith guides us in love.
Lead the children to say together:
Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage.
If you wish to sing "Our Sources," distribute Session 1, Handout 3 or indicate the newsprint where you have posted the lyrics. Teach/lead the song, with a musical volunteer if you have invited someone to help. You might play the music clip of "Our Sources" for the children to sing along.
Distribute Taking It Home and thank participants.
Save the Night Sky display and the handouts/newsprint to use next time.
Including All Participants
At this age, children have a wide range of reading ability. Do not put individual children on the spot to read aloud.