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Taking It Home, Session 11: Privilege Is A Blessing We Give Away To Be In Community

In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have. — Thomas Merton

To whom much is given is much required. — Christian scripture, Luke 12:49


The group learned about privilege and what it means to have it and to share it. Privilege is defined, for the purpose of this session, as knowledge, abilities and opportunities we have by virtue of birth, good fortune or where we live. Skills, on the other hand, are learned. The group listed what they thought were privileges and skills. Adequate food, shelter and schooling are privileges, while learning to read, write and play an instrument are skills. The children heard about Juliette Hampton Morgan, a privileged white woman in the segregated South who stood up against segregation. Her family, friends and employers ostracized her as a result.


The privilege(s) your family enjoys. How does the family share your privileges with others? In what ways does your Unitarian Universalist faith inform the family's choices in how to share their privileges?


As a family, choose a day to spend together in the service of someone else. Perhaps cook for someone in the congregation who is not feeling well. Is there an elderly person who would like some work done around their home or apartment? Talk with the parish minister about reaching out to those who would appreciate interaction with others in the congregation. Perhaps reach out to someone you have never met before.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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