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Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Print out Session 7, Leader Resource 2, Source Star - Wise Women and Men. 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 second UU Source on newsprint, and post:

Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.

  • 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 about an example of courage or bravery they have learned from someone from long ago. Suggest Harriet Tubman, or another historic or contemporary figure whose loving courage they know about. As children work, attach one star that says "We learn from Wise Women and Men" to the Night Sky.

When children are done, gather them in a circle. Say:

Today we talked about how we learn from wise women and men who can show us how to be kind and fair. We learned about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, how she always followed the North Star to guide slaves north toward freedom.

Indicate the second Source words you have posted on newsprint. Invite the children to follow along quietly as you read aloud:

Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.

Pause and invite volunteers to give an example of what that Source means.

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 for re-use.

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.

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