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Introduction, Session 2: Questioning (Magnifying Glass)

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

Question everything! — Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), Unitarian, astronomer

The magnifying glass symbolizes questioning and looking deeper. This session focuses on the value of questioning assumptions and wondering, "Why?" The children hear about astronomer and Unitarian Maria Mitchell, who embodied the truth-seeking quality of Unitarian faith in both her spiritual and scientific life.

Maria Mitchell's story also illuminates the value of questioning gender stereotypes. Allow time for participants to engage the issues of how or if things have changed.

Emphasize that there is a continuing need for questioning, both in science and in society. You may want to look to current events when you lead the session. Guide the group to examine assumptions that are being questioned in the present day.

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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