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Introduction, Session 1: Faith (Toolbox and Ruler)

In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

It is not the style of clothes one wears, neither the kind of automobile one drives, nor the amount of money one has in the bank, that counts. These mean nothing. It is simply service that measures success. — George Washington Carver (1864-1943), horticulturist, chemist, and educator who started his life as a slave in the United States

The toolbox symbolizes our Unitarian Universalist faith. In this session, there are opportunities to reflect on what we might put in a toolbox of our faith and what tools our faith can provide. In addition to the toolbox, this session introduces a ruler to illustrate the rules and promises that are decided together. Discussion may include the nature of our faith as something we decide together. Allow time for participants to discuss the differences between deciding together versus being told what to do. Emphasize the meaning of "to covenant" as "to promise together." Participants will create their own group covenant.

This session introduces the Toolbox of Our Faith poster that provides continuity as a visual representation of the metaphorical tools used throughout the program. See the Introduction to the Toolbox of Faith program ("Before You Start") for suggestions on how to make and decorate this poster.

In advance of this session, you may wish to customize and distribute the leader resource, Introductory Letter to Participants and Families. The letter describes the Toolbox of Faith program and makes a request for donations of actual tools you will need for this and future sessions.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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