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In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth hear and discuss a story about a woman attracted to our faith because of Unitarianism's reputation for social justice work. Print out Leader Resource 1, Frances Harper Photo, and show the photo to the group.
Ask youth, "Why are we discussing social justice at church?" Take responses. If no one ties justice work into the first Principle, do so yourself. Refer to Maslow's hierarchy and remind participants that a starting point for justice work is making sure people have equal access to the resources needed to satisfy their basic needs. We believe that enabling everyone to have equal access upholds the inherent worth and dignity of all people and that we support this principle not just in talk but also in action. Ask if the group agrees that working toward a just society is one way we put our UU faith in action. Tell participants you have a story to share about UUs putting their faith in action.
Tell or read the story. Here are questions to spark a discussion after the story:
Say, in your own words:
This commitment to help bring about justice in the world is our UU heritage and value. Harper met Unitarians while working for justice. She joined with them to increase the call for equality for African Americans and women and the call was stronger because of it. Through the centuries, UUs have joined with like-minded people in the call for justice. The same is true today and, I hope, will be true tomorrow. Tomorrow depends upon you. I hope that you, our present and future justice makers, will heed the call.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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