Alternate Activity 2: Song - We'll Build a Land

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook Singing the Living Tradition
  • Optional: A recording of the song and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song "We'll Build a Land," Hymn 121 in Singing the Living Tradition-by reading the words aloud, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.

Description of Activity

Mention that Unitarian Universalists often express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "We'll Build a Land," Hymn 121 in Singing the Living Tradition. Ask if participants think the hymn gives a Unitarian Universalist response to today's Big Question, "Why do bad things happen?" Affirm contributions. Point out, in your own words:

The hymn does not answer the question directly, but says what people will do-what UUs plan to do-to correct some of the bad things caused by people. It says we will build a land, which is free and good, "where justice shall roll down like waters, and peace like an ever flowing stream."

Ask:

  • Do you like the hymn? What do you like or not like about it?
  • Do you think it offers a good approach to correcting bad things that people cause?
  • What ideas does it suggest about the cause of "bad things?"

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