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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Our Sources are the way we are guided as Unitarian Universalists to help us live our faith.
Ask participants if they remember (or know) what a "source" is. Allow a moment for responses. Then, explain that the definition of source you are looking for has to do with origin, or beginning.
Say in your own words:
Today we are talking about the "the use of science and reason to determine who we are and where we came from." This is our fifth UU Source.
Who knows about Charles Darwin? Did you know he was a Universalist? He is the person who first described what he called "natural selection." The facts he discovered about nature helped him think of his theory of evolution. Has anyone here talked about evolution at school?
Allow children to share the relevant information they know. Then, distribute the UU Source Constellation handout. Say:
We think it's important to learn from science. We use our minds to reason as we learn about our world. So, we have a constellation named in honor of this Source. It's shaped like an infinity sign, a symbol used in science. The infinity sign looks like a number eight turned on its side. Can you find it in our Night Sky?
Give them time to look for the infinity symbol. As children find it, let them show it to you by tracing the infinity shape with their finger on their own handout.
Distribute gold and silver stars. Have children stick gold stars on the outlined stars and silver stars on the solid stars on their handouts. Then, invite them to pencil the infinity symbol by connecting the gold stars. Tell them they make take their own Reason and Science constellations home.
Say, in your own words:
As Unitarian Universalists, we learn from reason and science.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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