In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth hear and discuss a story about finding treasure at home.
Read or tell the story. Process it with these questions:
After participants have shared, suggest that one way to interpret the story is that the "treasure" represents Truth. Was the woman looking for Truth, when she already had it? The story could be saying, "Why seek out other religions to help you discern what is true? You have all the tools you need already, within your own faith tradition." How do participants feel about this point of view?
Another way to look at the story is this: It is true that the woman found what she wanted right under her nose. However, before, the dream, not only was she not aware it was there, she did not even know she desired it. Before her journey to seek the treasure ("truth") elsewhere, she could not "see" the truth she already possessed. What does the group think about this interpretation?
Say, in your own words:
Right here, in our community, there is a wealth of treasure—religions from all over the world, many times, many places. We may find treasure—wisdom, truth, beauty—in unexpected places. Including, right here, in our own faith home. No matter how far we roam in our studies, we will always come back to ourselves ask ourselves the question, "How does the knowledge of this faith add to my understanding of religion, my Unitarian Universalist faith, and my own spirituality and beliefs?"
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Last updated on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
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