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In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth discover how our Unitarian Universalist hymns and readings reflect and reinforce religious pluralism.
Introduce the guest and invite them to join the group in the activity. Say, in your own words:
Gratitude for religious pluralism is one of the foundations of Unitarian Universalism and is mentioned specifically in our Bylaws.
(Read aloud the Principles from Singing the Living Tradition or Handout 1, Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources.)
Our hymnbook has sections that honor the Sources of wisdom that enrich our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Our tradition is "living" because we believe in embracing new or different religious beliefs and practices that help us try to make the world a better place or ourselves better people.
Distribute hymnbooks and invite participants to take some time to explore the hymns that we use from the world's religions (Hymns 176 through 197), Jewish and Christian teachings (Hymns 198 through 285), Humanist teachings (Hymns 286 through 356), and other Sources.
Then, have participants explore the readings we use from the world's religions (Readings 595 through 614), Jewish and Christian teachings (Readings 615 through 644), Humanist teachings (Readings 645 through 671) and other Sources.
Offer these questions for discussion—and be sure to include the guest:
Ask the guest to share with the group when and why they might choose to use hymn/reading selections for worship. Invite participants to ask the guest any questions they might have.
Gather large print and/or Braille hymnbooks for participants who might need them.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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