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Activity time: 10 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 the song

Preparation for Activity

  • Optional: Arrange for musical accompaniment.

Description of Activity

Ask for volunteers to share brief reflections from the journaling exercise about their beliefs, feelings, and actions in response to today's workshop.

Introduce "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning" by Thomas Troeger and William Albright with the following background from Between the Lines, edited by Jacqui James (Boston: Skinner House, 1998):

This song was written by Thomas Troeger, a professor at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. The music was written by William Albright, a Unitarian Universalist, who was commissioned by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan for their 125th anniversary. This song weaves together science and faith, reason and wonder, emphasizing that it is possible and even necessary for religion to have all of these.

Invite participants to rise in body or spirit and sing "Praise the Source of Faith and Learning" by Thomas Troeger and William Albright, Hymn 158 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.

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