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 day's session with words like these:

Today we thought about death and what happens when we die. We explored what different religions say about death and heard a story about the beliefs of a Unitarian Universalist minister facing death. Our WCUU broadcast featured the ideas of typical UUs living in UUville. In WIT Time, we thought about rituals that memorialize those who have died.

Ask if youth agree with this conclusion:

Death is even more of a riddle and a mystery than life is.

Affirm their responses.

Distribute the Taking It Home handout. Suggest participants use the activities to continue exploring the themes of today's session.

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.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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