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In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the group. Tell them that creation myths are stories from different cultures of how the world and life began. Today Unitarian Universalists believe the world and life gradually evolved through many millions of years. Say:
Years ago, people told each other stories about where the Earth came from and how people, animals and plants came to be. Some of these beautiful stories help us connect with the mysteries of the universe. This story about how Snail Girl brought fresh water is from the Navajo Nation, a Native American culture today located in the Southwestern United States.
Read or tell the story.
Help the group process the story with questions such as these:
Affirm that the story shows that people have always needed fresh water to live, yet only about one third of the world's population today has enough fresh, clean water. The other two thirds could all use the help of a Snail Girl.
The story offers additional messages: Animals, and people, have different strengths. Snail Girl was slow, but she kept on going and saved the day. All of us have different strengths we can use to help care for Earth's water resources.
First Woman finds another message. She says the trail of moisture left by Snail Girl "will be a message to everyone that our pure water is precious and we must take care of it."
Tell the group, in your own words:
Global warming is likely to change the Earth's climate in different ways. Some people who now have enough good water may not have enough in the years to come. Some dry places could become wetter. Whatever happens to our climate, every living thing on Earth will still need fresh water to live.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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