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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth identify ways other religions connect to their Unitarian Universalist faith.
Have volunteers help you set the chalice (on a construction paper circle, if you have made one). Explain that they will now make bridges to show ways other religions connect to ours.
Remind youth that our UU congregations are theologically diverse:
Invite the youth to consider more ways the religions they have explored connect to Unitarian Universalism. Say:
How about wisdom from other religions? How can it feed a Unitarian Universalist faith?
Now give instructions:
Think of one connection, one way our faith can be nourished by another religion, write it on a strip of construction paper. You can decorate your "bridge," if you wish. Then, tape one end of the strip to the chalice (or, the construction paper circle on which the chalice now sits). Tape the other end outside the chalice area.
Have every youth make at least one bridge to the chalice. Encourage youth to refer to the Fact Sheets for ideas. If you have time, challenge the group to make a bridge for every religion they studied.
If you have decorating materials, encourage youth to decorate bridges and (optional) the construction paper circle on which the chalice sits.
When all are finished, ask everyone to look at the newsprint posted around the room and the bridges to the chalice table. Ask:
Affirm that as Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the religious impulse in humankind. We honor each person's right to seek meaning, belonging, and moral and ethical guidance in their own way. On our own journeys, we may respectfully integrate some of the religious spirit of others into our beliefs and practices.
If you have time, invite everyone, facilitators included, to take five to seven minutes to reflect on ways their knowledge about other religions deepens their Unitarian Universalist faith. Invite them to consider how belonging to a theologically diverse congregation demonstrates what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Distribute writing paper and pens/pencils and invite everyone to write their reflections. Tell them they will have a chance to share, if they choose, in the Closing. If you choose, play music while the group reflects and writes.
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Last updated on Thursday, November 3, 2011.
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