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Introduction, Workshop 1: Treasure Everywhere

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one's own way to the highest, to one's own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one's ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication. — Algernon Black (1932-1972), leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture

This workshop introduces participants to the program, and to a consideration of why religions, including Unitarian Universalism, exist—that is, the essential human needs religions serve.

In future workshops, the youth experience many faiths, seeking insight into and connections with the beliefs and the lived expression of each. Being connected to something, however, does not make it ours. This first workshop prepares youth to approach the beliefs, practices, histories, and gifts of all faiths with openness, reflection, and respect. Encourage youth to approach the study of a new faith in the manner of thoughtful, gracious guests at a formal banquet.

Activity 3, What Do You Know? invites participants to help choose the religions the group will explore and engage. You can build group buy-in by letting the youth help make these choices. See Implementation in the program's Introduction for more guidance.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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