In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
Challenge questions guide a deeper inquiry for especially thoughtful individuals and groups. For this session, ask:
What is fate?
Let youth share their ideas. If they struggle, offer this explanation: Fate is something that is going to happen anyway, and you cannot do anything about it.
Ask participants to respond to a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous Unitarian who lived in the 1800s:
Intellect annuls fate. So far as a [person] thinks, [they are] free."
Explain that "annuls" means "cancels out."
Was Emerson right? If you think hard enough about what to do, can you cancel out some of the things that most people would say are going to happen anyway? Is just thinking hard enough, or do you then need to do something about your thoughts in order to cancel out fate?
Help the group see that some events are impossible to avoid. Everybody is fated to die, for example. But together and even alone we can do a whole lot to shape the future—in other words, to answer today's Big Question and choose "where we are going."
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
Sidebar Content, Page Navigation
More Ways to Search
Donate to Support This Program and the Ongoing Work of the UUA
Read or subscribe to UUA.org Updates for the latest additions to our site.
Learn more about the Beliefs & Principles of Unitarian Universalism, or read our online magazine, UU World, for features on today's Unitarian Universalists. Visit an online UU church, or find a congregation near you.