In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants share a wisdom tale from the Islamic world with others in the religious education community.
As Unitarian Universalists, we acknowledge that wisdom can come to us from many different sources. Review our Unitarian Universalist Sources with the group. Note that UUs learn from wisdom tales—stories from many lands, handed down through generations. If you have brought books of wisdom tales, let participants browse through them for a few moments.
Ask if anyone has ever heard a story about a character named Mulla Nasruddin. You might remind them of stories used in other Tapestry of Faith programs (see Preparation for Activity). Ask if the group would like to present one of these stories to the congregation. Venues might include Children's Chapel, a multigenerational service, a youth or Religious Education year-end service, a retreat, a potluck, Wednesday night fellowship time, or another gathering that might appreciate entertainment.
After you decide when to present the wisdom tale, seek permission and guidance from the religious educator, minister, worship leader, or other congregational leader, as appropriate. You might also seek assistance from theater professionals in the congregation.
Decide as a group on your criteria for choosing a story; then select one to present.
Decide if youth will act out the parts or use puppets. Schedule time to work on puppets, sets, and/or costumes. Choose volunteer puppeteers and/or actors. Rehearse and present. At the end of the presentation, if appropriate, ask the audience for the moral of the story.
After the presentation, gather the group and discuss the process. What would you do differently next time? What worked well?
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Last updated on Thursday, October 24, 2013.
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