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Taking It Home, Workshop 15: The 1800s—Five New Religions

In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program

To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait upon divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart—this is the sanity and perfection of living. — Mary Baker Eddy

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we heard about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, including their journey on the Mormon Trail to escape religious persecution. We found out some facts about Christian Scientists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh-day Adventists, and the Baha'i. We talked about the reasons some of these faiths proselytize and we practiced sharing our UU faith with others.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

How are UUs viewed in your community and region? Is Unitarian Universalism unknown? Regarded negatively? Appreciated? Are UU congregations welcome in interfaith organizations and efforts? Why or why not? Does your congregation reach out to other faiths in the community? Why or why not?

EXPLORE THE TOPICS FURTHER WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS...

Do you have friends that belong to one of the faiths explored in this workshop? They might appreciate a conversation with you about what it is like to belong to a religious minority. Look for videos on YouTube of youth discussing what it is like to belong to one of these faiths.

Practice describing Unitarian Universalist faith with others in your family so you will be ready the next time someone asks you, "What's a UU?" See the new UUA pamphlet, "To the Point: 15 Unitarian Universalist Elevator Speeches."

For more information contact web @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

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