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In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Tell participants one theme that links the Eastern faiths is the interrelated nature of living things. The story, "Indra's Magnificent Jeweled Net," explores this theme.
Tell or read aloud the story. Ask participants for their initial reactions. What did they think of the story? What did it mean to them? Did it resonate with their Unitarian Universalist beliefs?
Continue discussion with questions such as the following:
A web or net is a common metaphor for interconnectedness. Share with participants that water can also illustrate interconnectedness. Explain that it is impossible to disturb one point on the surface of a body of water without affecting all the rest of the water.
Invite the youth to gather around the pan and the pitcher. Pour water into the pan to a depth of at least one inch. Allow the water to settle until the surface is calm. Invite everyone to watch closely and ask one youth to just barely touch the surface of the water. Observe that even a slight touch affects all the water in the pan!
Ask another youth to more strongly flick the surface of the water. Again, observe. Ask the group for their thoughts. What was the difference? The effect might have been bigger with the stronger disturbance, but was it more comprehensive? Did the tiny touch reach just as far as the bigger one? Process with these questions:
Situate the pitcher and pan so participants with impaired mobility can observe the demonstration after the story without moving position.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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