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Tapestry of Faith Theme Tagging Project

Many of us use stories and activities from the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) Tapestry of Faith curricula when we customize religious education (RE) to explore a theme such as "hope," "freedom," or "hospitality." This trend is growing: More and more congregations are offering theme-based, coordinated learning and worship to multiple age levels and multigenerational groups.   

We can help one another increase our collective capacity for theme-based programming. The Faith Development Office welcomes you into a collaborative effort to tag Tapestry of Faith stories, activities, and entire sessions by theme. Do you already use monthly themes? Are you motivated to explore Tapestry of Faith curricula through a "theme" lens? There is a way for everyone to help. 

The instructions below explain how you can contribute using a spreadsheet template we have created for this purpose. Share activities from Tapestry of Faith programs that you’ve found fit a certain theme. Tell us which story from Tapestry of Faith you have used to introduce a particular theme as a Story for All Ages, in a children’s chapel, or in another context. Consider agreeing to “theme” an entire program that you know well or one you want to explore—for example, Creating Home, Moral Tales, or Amazing Grace.

For inspiration:

  • Look at the themes with which we have chosen to start the tagging project.
  • Read an article on working with themes in RE and worship by the Rev. Matthew Johnson-Doyle.

Enter by Theme or Program

If you’re already using monthly themes, please share the related Tapestry of Faith resources you have found useful. Find the customized Excel spreadsheet template online and download it to your computer, as per the instructions below.

Even if you are not using monthly themes, you can help us tag theme-related stories, activities, or entire sessions in a Tapestry of Faith program. Perhaps you are on a teaching team and have become very familiar with a curriculum. Sharing your ideas is an ideal way for RE volunteers to contribute, and we are grateful!

Spreadsheet Instructions

  1. Choose a spreadsheet:
    Tapestry of Faith Tags—Children’s and MG programs
    Tapestry of Faith Tags—Youth and Adult programs
  2. Download a copy of the spreadsheet to create your own Excel spreadsheet. First, click on “File” in upper left corner and select “Download” as a “Microsoft Excel” file. Then “Save” on your computer as “TOF Tags—[your name].” 
  3. Enter your contact information on Row 2: your first and last name, email address, phone # (where you can be reached during the day), congregation, and role (e.g. DRE, RE volunteer, etc.).
  4. In Row 4 (highlighted in yellow), you will find instructions which you can view by clicking on the title of each column.
  5. Begin your entries on Row 5. As described below, some columns offer a drop down menu from which you will select a phrase to input:

    1. Column A: Select a theme from the drop-down menu. If you do not see your theme listed, choose the theme that seems closest in meaning
    2. Column B. Select a Tapestry of Faith program from the drop-down menu.
    3. Column C. Select the element you wish to recommend from the drop-down menu.
    4. Column D. Enter (type in) the title of the element.
    5. Column E. Copy and paste the URL for the Tapestry of Faith online page where the element you are recommending appears.
    6. Column F. Enter (type in) any comments. Here you might mention a related theme the element specifically taps. For example, the theme ‘brokenness,’ which appears as a choice in the drop-down menu, can include similar or related themes such ‘death,’ ‘evil,’ ‘failure,’ and ‘sin.’
    IMPORTANT: Please do NOT click in the red section in Columns H-J. This section contains technical instructions that feed the drop-down menus.
  6. Once you have entered all of your theme tags, save the spreadsheet as an Excel file on your desktop. Then, email the Excel file as an attachment to Pat Kahn at with “TOF Tags” in the subject line.

    NOTE: If you have non-Tapestry of Faith resources to share, e.g. a curriculum or story book published by an entity other than the UUA Faith Development Office, we would like to see these, too. Please compile non-Tapestry of Faith theme suggestions in a separate spreadsheet (without the drop-down menus).
  7. Within three working days you will receive a confirmation email and a small token of our gratitude for your help.

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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Thursday, January 16, 2014.

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