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Introduction, Session 12: The Gift Of Acceptance

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."

— Peace Pilgrim, born Mildred Lisette Norman, an American pacifist, and peace activist

This session introduces the intangible gift of acceptance, a particularly important gift because it makes sharing other intangible gifts possible.

Unitarian Universalists are proud of our tradition of accepting people marginalized by other communities. Our congregations strive to welcome people who have felt unwelcome in other faith communities, perhaps because of their sexual orientation or their rejection of religious doctrine. Unitarian Universalists explicitly embrace and value people who stand outside the mainstream in order to honor to their own truths and heartfelt beliefs.

Children can relate to the idea of "acceptance" on a personal, concrete level through their experiences of feeling accepted and accepting others. The simplicity of a child's understanding is not superficial, but deeply rooted in our Universalist heritage that includes the belief — heretical in its time — in a divine force which accepts each of us as we are. Built into our faith, too, is the belief that acceptance of others begins with acceptance of self.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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