In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
The bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you refuse to take the turn. — Anonymous
IN TODAY'S SESSION . . .
Duct tape was explored as a symbol for flexibility, a tool we find in our Unitarian Universalist faith. The children manipulated duct tape to discover how its flexibility makes it a useful tool. The group explored the Unitarian Universalist expectation of change and flexibility in one's understanding and beliefs. We reflected on the value of developing an open mind, a flexible faith, and an ability to live with changeable answers. We emphasized the importance of being informed and flexible decision-makers.
We learn about flexibility to illustrate that:
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about . . .
As a family, share examples of times when flexibility has appeared or has been needed in each of your lives. Talk about how flexibility can be a tool of one's faith. You may like to use these questions:
Ask everyone to think of ways in which your family is flexible. For example:
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try . . .
For a hands-on exploration of how flexibility makes duct tape versatile, try some Duck Tape Club projects such as a picture frame, a rose, a bookmark, and a bracelet.
Two books with more duct tape crafts are:
Got Tape? Roll Out the Fun with Duct Tape! by Ellie Schiedermayer (Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2002). The author, a high school student in Wisconsin, suggests twenty-five duct tape projects including a tie, a picture frame, and a crown and tiara.
Ductigami: The Art of the Tape by Joe Wilson (Toronto: Boston Mills Press, 1999). This book provides a brief history of duct tape and instructions for fourteen projects including an apron, a tool belt, and a wallet.
Find a flexibility message in "The Oak Tree and the Reeds," in the book, Once Upon A Time: Storytelling to Teach Character and Prevent Bullying; Lessons from 99 Multicultural Folk Tales for Grades K-8 by Elisa Davy Pearmain (Greensboro, NC: Character Development Group, 2006). The author provides guidance on how to tell a story, along with activities for a group of children — or a family — to do together.
See if your congregational library has or wishes to order the book A Lamp in Every Corner, A Unitarian Universalist Storybook by Janeen K. Grohsmeyer (Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2004). This is a collection of twenty-one short stories that amplify and explore the seven Principles through Unitarian Universalist history and traditions, including stories about famous Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist men and women. It includes helpful suggestions for the novice storyteller and a list of further storytelling resources. Take turns reading or performing the stories in your family.
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Last updated on Friday, June 22, 2012.
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