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Opening (5 minutes), Workshop 4: It Matters What We Believe

In "A Chorus of Faiths," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Name tags and markers
  • Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle

Preparation for Activity

  • Set up a worship table with the chalice and any decorative items you choose.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to wear name tags. Gather the group in a circle.

Ask a participant to light the chalice.

Be aware that the alignment of participants in the circle will vary from workshop to workshop. If you have observed the same youth having repeated turns to read while others do not, ask for those who have not yet read and invite them to start this reading. Of course, participants may pass if they do not wish to read.

Distribute copies of Singing the Living Tradition and invite volunteers to each read a paragraph from Reading 657, "It Matters What We Believe," by Sophia Lyon Fahs.

After the reading, say:

The Unitarian Universalist minister Alice Blair Wesley pointed out that though it matters what we believe, "... it matters most what we love. The free church is an organization we establish and join so that we may help each other to find... what are our own worthiest loves, and ... what these loves now require of us, if we would be loyal in the most meaningful sense, in what we do, in our actions, in the way we live."

In past workshops, we have talked about the ways we all are alike. For example, all major religions call on adherents to serve those in need, and, we all share the same human wants and needs. Today we are going to acknowledge that we are also different. People in different faith communities sometimes love and are devoted to different values and ways of being in the world. In this workshop, we will engage with ideas about how we can be sensitive to the religious commitments and cultures of others.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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