In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Children look for signs of a covenant in the congregation. Or, the children search for signs that people in the congregation have agreed to share the UU Principles as a guide for supporting one another's UU faith journeys.
Ask the children: What do you think it looks like when a group of people follow a covenant—promises they have made to be together in ways that show our UU faith? (Or: What do you think it looks like when a group of people agree on UU Principles as a guide for how to take a faith journey together?) Feed the group phrases from the congregational covenant (or, the UU Principles from Handout 1) and encourage them to think of signs that these promises, or Principles, are being honored.
Let's use our congregation's covenant (or, the UU Principles we share) as a map, and take a tour of our congregation. Let's find out what these promises (or Principles) look like when a UU group is keeping them.
Optional: Distribute copies of the congregational covenant (or Handout 1).
Lead the tour. Take care to articulate how each stop on the tour expresses a specific promise (or Principle). Make space for children to come up with their own interpretations of how an item or room shows adherence to a promise (or Principle). Their observations may surprise you.
Sample "tour stops," with language from Handout 1, The UU Principles:
Plan a tour that is accessible to all participants. Include a child with limited vision by describing spaces or items they cannot see.
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Last updated on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
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