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In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity demonstrates that Unitarian Universalism has a long history and we are part of its continuation into the future.
Gather participants in a circle with the container in the center. Explain, in your own words:
This time capsule will be put away in a safe place in the congregation. A long time from now, maybe when you are grown-ups, other people in the congregation will open the time capsule and see what the congregation was like years before.
Ask participants why they think someone would make a time capsule. What kinds of things might we learn if we opened a time capsule? What could people learn about us if they open our time capsule?
Go around the circle and ask participants to show the items they brought for the time capsule and why they chose it. After they speak, invite them to place their item in a baggie, if it will fit, to protect it. Have them place their item in the container.
Optional: Invite each participant to sign their names to the note you have written on letterhead.
Then put the note in a baggie and seal the container. Ask the group how long they should wait until it can be opened. Suggest at least 10 or 20 years. With permanent marker, write "This Time Capsule is not to be opened until ____."
Place the container in a congregational safe or storage area, as pre-arranged.
Process this activity by talking about why it is important that we leave information about ourselves and our world for people in the future.
Invite participants who did not bring in an item for the capsule, to think of one thing they would want people to know about their congregation and have them, or help them, write their idea on a piece of paper. They can then fold the piece of paper and place it in a baggie. Assist anyone who needs help. Leaders may place items in the container.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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