Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Copies of Singing the Living Tradition for all participants
- Copies of Taking It Home
- Optional: A piano or a recorded version of "My Life Flows On in Endless Song"
Preparation for Activity
- Optional: Arrange for musical accompaniment.
Description of Activity
Gather the group in a circle and re-light the chalice. Invite participants to share brief reflections from the journaling exercise about their beliefs, feelings, and actions in response to today's workshop. After five minutes, introduce the hymn, "My Life Flows On in Endless Song." This is an early Quaker song with an American gospel tune. The third verse was written by Doris Plenn in the McCarthy era, when those who refused to sign loyalty oaths often lost their jobs. Invite participants to rise in body or spirit and sing "My Life Flows On in Endless Song," Hymn 108 in Singing the Living Tradition. Invite a participant to extinguish the chalice and distribute Taking It Home.
Including All Participants
An invitation to "rise in body or spirit" accommodates participants of all physical abilities.