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Alternate Activity 2: Song - Voice Still and Small

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Optional: A recording of the song and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song "Voice Still and Small," Hymn 391 in Singing the Living Tradition -by reading the words aloud, singing together or playing a recording for the group. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.
  • Optional: Ask the music director or choir director to make a recording of the song.

Description of Activity

Remind/tell the group that Unitarian Universalists often express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "Voice Still and Small" in a manner comfortable for you, being sure that the group hears the words to at least the first verse.

Ask the youth what they think of the hymn. What does the idea of the "voice" mean to them? Does it have anything to do with soul? What do they think the composer, John Corrado, meant by the words?

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