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Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable. — Mahatma Gandhi

The Reverend Margaret Barr's work to provide a non-denominational school for children in India exemplifies the seventh Unitarian Universalist Source: "Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage." This session introduces Indian children's games and simple greetings that participants will recognize as parallel to their own customary games and greetings.

The children explore diversity within the group by getting to know one another better; they strengthen their community as they build trust. Diversity alone is not the goal here, rather understanding that to truly include someone, we need to know who they are and where they come from.


This session will:

  • Explore the seventh Source of Unitarian Universalism, "faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage"
  • Introduce Unitarian Universalist expression and service in India, through the work of Rev. Margaret Barr (1899-1973)
  • Promote cultural understanding as a way to let love guide us.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Identify the shapers of our own faith heritage as the seventh Source of Unitarian Universalism
  • Discover the Rev. Margaret Barr (1899-1973), who served as a Unitarian minister in Calcutta and India's rural areas, and created a multicultural school for children in the Khasi Hills
  • Practice bridging cultural and individual differences, through playing games and exchanging greetings Indian children their age would know.

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