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Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Bell, tingsha chimes or other sound instrument
  • Taking It Home handout

Preparation for Activity

  • Adapt the Taking It Home section and copy it for all participants.
  • Write the closing words on newsprint, and post.

Description of Activity

Briefly summarize the session with words like these:

Today we asked the Big Question "What are we?" We imagined that we were talking to an alien, and gave a bunch of different answers, including that we are Unitarian Universalists. We heard a story about how one child explains Unitarian Universalism and we talked about how different religions handle big questions and answers. We saw that ours does not give people all the answers, but helps us find our own. We have Principles that can help guide people in their search for answers, and a list of Sources people can use when they search. We talked about how religion connects to spirituality and faith. We saw that congregations and religions are groups of people who help each other answer big questions-just as we are doing in Riddle and Mystery.

Distribute the Taking It Home handout. Suggest participants use it to continue exploring the themes of today's session with their friends and their family.

Relight the chalice. Ask the group to say these closing words with you:

May this light shine on, in each of us, as we search for the answers to our own biggest questions.

Extinguish the chalice (or ask the Kid for the Day to do it). Sound the bell or tingshas to end the session.

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