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In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
What are you going to do that is important in your life? — Martha Sharp, Unitarian Universalist heroine
IN TODAY'S SESSION...
The flashlight symbolizes the light of truth and the light in each of us. The group considered the nobility, as well as the difficulties, of seeking justice, and the overwhelming nature of the sacrifice when one seeks to work for justice and the difficulty of balancing local and global concerns. We emphasized the small steps that each of us can take and the importance of shining our own light, no matter how small.
We explored justice to illustrate that:
The children heard a story about Martha and Waitstill Sharp, from the viewpoint of their grandchild who learned about their work for justice during the Nazi Holocaust when he was in eighth grade. The story was based on an article in UU World, Summer 2006, by Michelle Bates Deakin ("Righteous among the nations-Israel honors two Unitarians for heroism in World War II; their story provokes soul-searching today").
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about...
Talk about these questions together:
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try...
Read Lois Lowry's Newberry Award-winning book, Number the Stars (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, 1989), in which a fictional 10-year-old girl undertakes a dangerous mission to save her best friend in Nazi-occupied Denmark in 1943.
Another story for children about being a light in the world is "A Lamp in Every Corner," in the book A Lamp in Every Corner by Janeen K. Grosmeyer (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2004).
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Last updated on Sunday, November 9, 2014.
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