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Introduction, Session 4: Seeking Knowledge

In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

I am not going to question your opinions. I am not going to meddle with your belief. I am not going to dictate to you mine. All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you. — Frances Wright, writer, feminist, abolitionist, and utopian

Children discover there can be multiple answers to big questions. They learn that to seek and evaluate answers to big questions is a sign of UU faith. They experience prayer or mediation, the ritual of this session, as a way of seeking answers within and a way to articulate and feel their own appreciation, gratitude, wishes, and hopes.

For Activity 1, you will need the puzzle pieces children made in Session 3 and blank puzzle pieces from the same set.

If your congregation has a prayer or meditation ritual, add the relevant words to Handout 1, UU Prayers and Meditations and plan to teach the ritual as part of Activity 3.

In Activity 4, children receive their first emblem to add to the stoles they received in Session 2. Decide whether you will use the image provided in Leader Resource 1 or create emblems another way, such as having children use the symbols of themselves they made in Session 1. See the program Introduction for more guidance.

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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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