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This WCUU activity has two parts. In Part 1, lead a group discussion about how Unitarian Universalists know right from wrong and invite the youth to prepare art work, for a WCUU art show, which shows what they plan to "feed" their brains to strengthen moral and ethical decision making. In Part 2, the WCUU broadcast, two Co-Anchors and a NUUs Analyst talk about conscience, then visit the art show and interview some of the artists.
Part 1: Lead a discussion to bring youth to an understanding of the term "conscience"—what it is, what it does and how it develops in its ability to know right from wrong. You may use these ideas and questions:
Suggest that Unitarian Universalists rely heavily on our consciences to know right from wrong in a given situation. We need to nurture our consciences with guidelines that we find in our UU Principles, our understanding of the Golden Rule and in teachings from our other UU Sources. Say:
Today's WCUU broadcast will feature an art show. On display will be brain art which you will draw now. Imagine that you are going to feed your conscience a three-course meal of ethical ideas. What ideas, what food will you choose? That is up to you.
Distribute Handout 2 and put out drawing materials. Give the group five minutes or so to work, repeating the ideas about where to look for "food," as needed. Tell them the art need not be fancy—time is limited, and you are more interested in the ideas the art shows than in what it looks like. Say they may use words, as needed, but should try to let pictures tell the story.
Have participants attach their completed artwork to a wall.
Part 2: With about ten minutes remaining, begin the WCUU broadcast, which involves three key on-air people—Co-Anchor 1, Co-Anchor 2 and a NUUs Analyst. Other members of the group will appear in the show as artists and display their Brain Art. The Studio Crew might include a director, a floor director, a camera operator, a sound engineer, a lighting director, a script supervisor and multiple production assistants.
Assign roles, using volunteers. You might invite the Kid for the Day to be a Co-Anchor. Give participants who need to follow the script a moment to look it over. Review the script with the youth if any may have limited reading skills.
Tell the group when the show should end to keep the session on schedule; assign a Studio Crew member (director or floor director) to watch the time.
Begin the broadcast.
At the end of the broadcast, ask participants how it went. Ask them to summarize how typical UUs respond to today's Big Question: How can I know right from wrong? Do they think non-UU viewers would understand Unitarian Universalism better after seeing it? Do they have any new ideas about their conscience, and knowing right from wrong?
If any youth have limited mobility, arrange the "studio" so they can participate on camera while seated.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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