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Introduction, Workshop 3: Roots and Wings

In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program

Our religious education nurtures both roots and wings; the roots of community and shared values, and the wings of the free mind and creative spirit. — Rev. Pat Hoertdoerfer, "Education for Religion as Relationship"

This workshop explores Unitarian Universalism as a living tradition with deep historical and theological roots, as well as wings of change and creativity. After learning about core values rooted in our heritage, participants will locate themselves in the continuous search for truth and meaning that is our Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Be aware that the topic of ancestry and roots may be challenging for some participants. This workshop does not ask participants to create personal family trees. It focuses on our religious ancestors. Present ancestry broadly, not as genetic heritage.

Note that one option for Activity 3, Ancestors All Around Us, includes showing a video clip. You will need to make advance arrangements if you wish to include the video.

It is important for the workshop leaders to be at least somewhat knowledgeable of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist roots. Read Leader Resource 1, Unitarian and Universalist Roots, before the workshop. You might also explore the resources in Find Out More. While it is not possible to present all of this information during the workshop, it is helpful if the leader is able to offer important background information if questions and issues come up in discussion.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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