In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program
1. Invite the group into worship. Tell participants that worship is an important way for us as Unitarian Universalist to be in faith community with one another. Worship allows us to step back and reflect on the deeper meaning of life.
2. Invite a participant to light the chalice while reciting Reading 683 from Singing the Living Tradition. Alternatively, if your congregation opens every worship traditionally with another reading, use it instead. Leave a couple of seconds of silence after the chalice lighting.
3. Sing "Gather the Spirit", Hymn 347 in Singing the Living Tradition.
4. Tell or read the story "David and Goliath."
5. When you have told the story, read or summarize the following:
James Luther Adams was a very important 20th century Unitarian theologian. Theologians specialize in the study of religious faith, practice, and experience. James Luther Adams saw that liberal religious traditions, like Unitarianism and Universalism, had their own five smooth stones like David in the Bible story. David's stones were weapons to fight off a much stronger oppressor. James Luther Adams' stones are protection of a more peaceful type. They are a core set of values and principles that help define liberal religious traditions like our own as different then the more conservative (or orthodox) religious traditions that exist around us.
6. Signal the first participant to read their part and place their stone. Repeat for all five stones. Then say:
Let all these stones be a symbol of the community we strive to build together and our wider liberal religious faith.
7. As the program progresses, invite participants to look for ways these five smooth stones show up in the discussions and activities.
8. Distribute Handout 1. Tell participants that this responsive reading is a modification of the prayer used in the opening chalice lighting. Ask participants to read the responsive reading quietly to themselves.
9. Close the worship with the follow blessing:
Blessed Spirit, hold us in community with each other as we grow together in faith. Amen and Blessed Be.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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