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Introduction, Session 15: Love in Action

In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other. — Harriet Tubman, escaped slave, conductor on the Underground Railroad

This session lifts up Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who returned again and again to the South to lead more than 300 slaves to freedom. We focus on the second Unitarian Universalist Source, "Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love," expressed in children's language as "The women and men of long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair."

The children learn that love calls us to be courageous and to take action in the face of evil. They will apply this learning to their own lives in a role play activity which focuses on the bystander—a person who witnesses injustice or unkindness. Participants will learn that slaves used code songs to communicate escape plans and, in the metaphor of following the stars as our guide, they learn the song, "Follow the Drinking Gourd," which refers to using the Big Dipper to find the North Star and travel north toward freedom.

This session will benefit from a leader comfortable with singing and song-leading.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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