In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants discuss the seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Read the beginning of the statement of the Principles: "We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote... " Ask the youth what that phrase means. Explain that while the Principles are written as a covenant between individual congregations and the UUA, many Unitarian Universalist see them as guidelines for living.
Ask participants to name the seven Principles. Paraphrasing is allowed. Write their answers on newsprint. Acknowledge how many the group can recall.
Distribute Handout 3 and review the Principles. Share that many UUs, including adults, cannot name all seven. Ask the youth why they think this is so.
Point out that in many religions, people are asked to memorize the most important beliefs or understandings. Examples from Christianity include The Lord's Prayer and the Nicene Creed, a statement of faith used in both Catholic and Protestant churches. Ask:
Continue discussion by asking youth whether they feel they live the Principles:
In Their Lives
Post the seven newsprint sheets with one Principle on each. Invite the youth go to each sheet, in any order, and write ways that Principle is expressed or could be expressed in their lives.
When participants are finished, invite them to share their ideas.
Point out that most of the religions they will explore have shared beliefs on theological issues such as these. UUs do not. Ask, "What keeps us together?" If youth say it is a common set of values to guide us through life, affirm this answer.
Ask, "Have those beliefs been the same since the beginning of Universalism and Unitarianism?" Point out: UUs believe our beliefs and faith change as we grow, and that is a good thing.
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Last updated on Monday, October 31, 2011.
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