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Taking It Home, Session 3: Looking Toward Tomorrow

In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program

I am always more interested in what I am about to do than what I have already done. — Rachel Carson

Talk about the quote. Is it true? Does every single person on Earth help decide where we are going together?


Today's Big Question is "Where are we going?" We thought about that in several different ways. We talked about the difference between cosmic and quotidian, and about the butterfly effect. We reacted to some questions about the future, and in the process, we thought about humanism and what it says about our control over where we are going. Our story was about Rachel Carson, a woman who may have changed the whole history of the world. Our WCUU broadcast talked about where UUs think we humans should be going. In WIT Time, we considered how much control we have and how much difference we can make at various times in our lives.


What do family members and friends have to say about the question "Where are we going?"


Make a chart that shows exactly where everybody in your family will be at every hour, on the hour, tomorrow. The day after, go back to the chart and see how accurate you were. Did you really know where you were going? How sure can you ever be about where you are going to be and what you are going to do at a certain time?


Go together and check out a place that will be important to your family a few years from now. Maybe it will be the high school you expect to attend. Maybe it will be... ? You decide.


How do you feel about humanism? Almost half of Unitarian Universalists say they are humanist. How about you and other family members? Are you humanists? What does that mean to you? How does being a humanist affect where you are going?


Has anything changed at your school in the past year? Find out who made the change happen and why. Discuss with your friends whether the change has been for the better.


Together, choose something at home or in your neighborhood that you agree is not good and that you can change. Take a photograph and hang it on your refrigerator, a bulletin board or a wall. Work to improve the situation, then photograph the improvement and hang it beside the first photograph. This does not need to be a large project. You might clean up an empty lot on your street, or groom your pets. You can do this project with friends, too.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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