Alternate Activity 2: Song - We Are...
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Copy(ies) of Singing the Journey, the supplement to Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
- Optional: Recording of "We Are . . .," Hymn 1051 in Singing the Journey, and music player
Preparation for Activity
- Decide how best to present the song-reading the words, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.
- Optional: Hear a recording of "We Are... " The Sweet Honey in the Rock CD Sacred Ground (EarthBeat, 1995) includes a wonderful rendition. You can hear and/or download an instrumental MP3 on the Unitarian Universalist Association website.
Description of Activity
Say that the songs and hymns Unitarian Universalists sing help us answer today's Big Question, "What are we?" In fact, our UU hymnal supplement has a song called "We Are... "
Play a recording or read the words aloud to introduce the song. (You might also sing it, of course, or ask somebody else to do so.)
Ask for the group's reactions. Do participants like the song? Does it answer today's Big Question as well as they have in other activities? Better? Point out that the song is more poetic. It talks about who we are in terms of our ancestors, relatives and the "spirit of God," rather than in terms of our religion.