In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants examine sources that bring them inspiration and meaning, and understand that UUs do not have one wisdom source, but many.
Tell the youth an essay by the Rev. Alice Blair Wesley, "Our Unitarian Universalist Faith: Frequently Asked Questions," talks about the texts from which Unitarian Universalists draw inspiration. The Bible is specified as one source. However, Rev. Wesley continues:
We do not, however, hold the Bible—or any other account of human experience—to be either an infallible guide or the exclusive source of truth. Much biblical material is mythical or legendary. Not that it should be discarded for that reason! Rather, it should be treasured for what it is. We believe that we should read the Bible as we read other books—with imagination and a critical eye. We also respect the sacred literature of other religions. Contemporary works of science, art, and social commentary are valued as well. We hold, in the words of an old liberal formulation, that "revelation is not sealed." Unitarian Universalists aspire to truth as wide as the world—we look to find truth anywhere, universally.
Ask the youth how these ideas resonate with them. Do they feel they can find truth anywhere?
Lay out the sacred texts you have collected. Tell them these are all texts that are sacred to one or more major world faiths. Which do they recognize? Do they know which text goes with which faith(s)? Which have they read?
Now lay out the UUA resources and the secular resources you have collected.
Refer to the poster or newsprint list of the Sources. Have a volunteer read each Source aloud. Invite youth to share examples for each of the Sources and stories of times they found the Sources meaningful in understanding their world, or helpful to answer life's tough questions.
In the life-giving tradition of our liberal faith, we keep our minds and our hearts open, ready to recognize truth from whatever source it may come.
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Last updated on Monday, October 31, 2011.
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