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Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life—learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some. — Robert Fulghum, author and Unitarian Universalist minister
The interdependent web of existence has evolved over millions of years to include extraordinary diversity of life. The long-term sustainability of each and all depends on balance. In Unitarian Universalism—an ecologically—minded religion—living in balance with all Earth becomes a critical spiritual practice.
This session uses role play to demonstrate how balance can be maintained in a large, interdependent system and suggest the effects of imbalance. The central story, a Nigerian folk tale, shows the consequences of not living in balance with nature and encourages children to consume less and conserve more.
This session will:
- Introduce the critical role of balance in protecting the interdependent web of life
- Give concrete opportunities to experience balance and imbalance in an ecosystem
- Emphasize balance as a spiritual orientation which can guide how we interact with the Earth
- Empower participants as leaders within the group
- Reinforce the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part."
- Respond to a Nigerian folk tale that introduces the concept of balance in an ecosystem
- Through role play, explore the importance of balance and actions that help maintain balance
- Understand ways human actions affect the balance of ecosystems
- Experience leadership roles in the group.