In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants identify ways children participate in the congregational community. They understand pillars as a metaphor for the many, different, individual acts of involvement and engagement that support a faith community and strengthen the faith and connection experienced by the individuals.
Say, in these words or your own:
There are many ways young people can be involved in their faith community—their congregation. Some UUs say there are six ways, and they are sometimes called the Six Pillars. On a building, the pillars are thick posts that help hold the building up. In a faith community, pillars are different kinds of actions individual people do that can help support that community. I think children your age can be involved in some of the pillars in our congregation. Let's see which ones we are already involved with.
Show the children the papers with the names of the pillars (from the Leader Resource) or indicate the newsprint sheets you have posted. Tell the group you want them to find examples of the six pillars in the activities children do with the congregation. Explain the pillars if needed, but try not to give examples! Form teams. Give each team the same number of sheets from Leader Resource 1. Distribute writing implements.
Help all teams finish by making suggestions or playing charades for answers. When all teams have finished—or if you are doing a large group brainstorm—use the newsprint sheets to briefly document the examples they have generated. Note that many activities can represent more than one pillar.
The ways children participate will be unique to your congregation, but may include:
Collect, or take, photos of children doing a few activities for each pillar in the congregation. Post six newsprint pillars on the wall and invite children to match the photos to the pillars.
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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.
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