In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Use this activity with your Opening to add additional Source constellations to your Night Sky.
Tell the children:
Our Sources are the way we are guided as Unitarian Universalists to help us live our faith.
Ask the children 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 our second Source, "lives of women and men who remind us to be kind and fair." We will hear about Ralph Waldo Emerson and how his daughter, Ellen, taught him a way to be loving. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a minister and a writer, who shared that lesson with others, more than 100 years ago. Today we can still learn from Ellen and her father that giving time and love is the best kind of gift.
Distribute the UU Source Constellation handout. Say:
We think it's important to learn from women and men who have shared their wisdom about how to be kind and fair. So we have a constellation to honor this Source. Some of the stars can be connected to look like two people holding hands. Can you find the constellation in our Night Sky?
Give them time to look for the two figures. As children find them, let them show you by tracing with a finger on their own handouts.
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 two people holding hands by connecting the gold stars. Tell them they may take home their own Wise Women and Men constellations.
Say, in your own words:
As Unitarian Universalists, we learn from the lives of women and men from long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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