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Introduction, Workshop 2: Gather in Sympathy

In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program

Anyone who can solve the problem of water will be worthy of two Nobel prizes—one for peace and one for science. — John F. Kennedy

The Earth is our home, the place where waters flow and life thrives. Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to stewardship of the Earth, recognizing that without our stewardship, humanity and all other life may not survive.

Many users of Gather the Spirit live in areas with plentiful water resources. In this workshop, participants consider what it would be like to live where there is limited access to clean drinking water. The first activity engages participants to confront "polluted" water directly. Then they explore the impact people have on each other and on Earth's resources. They consider their responsibilities to all their neighbors on Earth, near or far.

Empowering participants with information about our Earth, its resources and how we use or misuse them is a critical goal of Gather the Spirit. Problems related to water may seem overwhelming to some. Yet, participants will learn they can express, through stewardship, a Unitarian Universalist faith in humanity's power to protect Earth's gifts and share them equitably.

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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

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