You must leave righteous ways behind, not to speak of unrighteous ways. — Buddha
Unitarian Universalism is known for its commitment to social justice. Introducing social justice to children is an important way to explain what our faith values. This session introduces the fifth Principle, our belief that everyone deserves a vote in matters that concern them. By teaching participants to speak out and to make sure others are heard, we are preparing Unitarian Universalists for a lifetime of social service and justice-seeking.
The theme of this session is "This is a place where you are loved and your opinions matter." The children learn that UU congregations intentionally make space for everyone's point of view on matters concerning the congregation as well as on issues that affect the community and the whole world. The story, based on a Sioux legend, presents a way to assure everyone is heard in a group conversation. Participants make individual talking sticks to use in this group and at home. They think about loving and respecting all people that they encounter.
This session will:
- Introduce the Unitarian Universalist fifth Principle idea that everyone deserves a vote (a voice) about the things that concern them
- Engage children to value and practice allowing everyone to express their thoughts and feelings
- Affirm that in our congregations, everyone is loved and their voices welcomed, regardless of their opinions.
- Learn and practice our Unitarian Universalist belief that everyone's opinion matters
- Experience ways to make sure everyone has a voice during discussions, through a story based on a Sioux legend and a talking stick activity.
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