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Alternate Activity 2: Song — We'll Build a Land (5 minutes), Session 7: Stuff Happens

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

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."


  • 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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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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