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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
Remind/tell the group that Unitarian Universalists often express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "In Sweet Fields of Autumn" and "Nearer, My God, to Thee," in a manner comfortable for you. Be sure the youth hears the words to at least the first verse of each song.
Ask which hymn participants think Unitarians and Universalists would have preferred, long ago, and which is probably more often sung today. Tell the group, as discussion progresses, that "Nearer, My God, to Thee" was probably more commonly sung years ago when Unitarianism and Universalism were closer to their Christian beginnings and Christian beliefs about God and what happens when we die. Remark, if youth do not, that "Nearer, My God to Thee," was sometimes sung by people facing death; in fact, it was sung by passengers on the deck of the ocean liner Titanic as it sank and carried them to their deaths. "In Sweet Fields of Autumn" does not mention God but presents death (in the third verse) as a natural part and consequence of the life cycle.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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