Principled Commitment

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Principled Commitment

  • The Program In this generous world, love will come our way now and then. But if we do not plant the love that we have in the firm soil of...
  • Developed in response to Unitarian Universalist adults' desire to build strong relationships and our congregations' desire to meet that...
  • The developmental editors wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for the team of colleagues and consultants who helped bring this...
  • My Partner Bucket
  • We welcome your critique of this program, as well as your suggestions. Thank you for your feedback! Your input improves programs for all of...
  • We welcome your critique of this program, as well as your suggestions. Thank you for your feedback! Your input improves programs for all of...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 1: Nine Guidelines for Listening to Others (one per participant) Description of Activity Offer...
  • Follow this Order of Service as you lead the opening of Workshop 11, Faith and Celebration. Welcome Chalice Lighting Principles Guided...
  • Leaders: Evaluations are conducted primarily for you and your congregation's benefit. The UUA appreciates receiving copies of evaluations,...
  • Materials for Activity 18-in. squares of attractive fabric, such as velvet or silk (one square per couple) 8-in. square pieces of foam core...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of the Unitarian Universalist Principles (see Preparation) Preparation for Activity Download the Unitarian...
  • Materials for Activity Refreshments Optional: Altars and other craft projects that participants have completed Preparation for Activity...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 1: Principled Commitment Participant Evaluation (one per participant) Pens or pencils Preparation...
  • Materials for Activity Couple covenants created by participants (see Preparation) Preparation for Activity Assign the "Affection Connection...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint Easel Markers Description of Activity Introduce the activity with these or similar words: The term "faith...
  • Description of Activity Invite participants to take turns briefly sharing insights they have had since the previous workshop on love. Ask:...
  • Parks, Sharon Daloz. Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith. Jossey-Bass,...
  • Meet with your co-leader soon after the workshop to evaluate the experience of leading Principled Commitment . Consider these questions:...
  • Materials for Activity Tea light candles (one per participant and leader) Altar or centering table Cloth for covering altar or centering...
  • Materials for Activity Altar or centering table Cloth for covering altar or centering table Chalice and candle Matches or lighter Leader...
  • Materials for Activity Name tags Markers Sign-in sheet Pen or pencil An agenda of this workshop's activities on newsprint or a digital...
  • Set aside some time to reflect on your faith. In what or whom do you have faith? What do you "place your heart on"? How do you express that...
  • Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering Opening 10 Activity 1: Check-in 20 Activity 2: Relationships and Faith 30 Activity 3: Couple...
  • Who so loves, believes the impossible. — Elizabeth Barrett Browning, nineteenth-century poet This final Principled Commitment workshop has...
  • Copy these questions onto a newsprint sheet for use during Alternate Activity 2, Personal Mini-Altars. Who am I? What are my strengths?...
  • Copy these points onto a newsprint page for use during Activity 4, Tender Points. To know me is to know my tender points, the sensitive and...
  • Follow this Order of Service as you lead the opening of Workshop 10, Love. Welcome Chalice Lighting Principles Guided Meditation Reading...
  • Describe Unitarian Universalism by filling in your group's responses to the questions below. Who are Unitarian Universalists? What are our...
  • In his essay "Triangulating Love," Robert J. Sternberg, professor of psychology at Tufts University, describes love in a way that may be...
  • Bring home a small gift for your partner, for no reason at all. Plan a surprise weekend away. It doesn't have to be far away or expensive,...
  • Materials for Activity Metal mint tins with hinged tops (one per participant) A variety of materials to cover and decorate the tins, such...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 4: Who Are Unitarian Universalists? (one per small group) Pens or pencils Tables or hard surfaces...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of Handout 3: Tender Points (one per participant) Leader Resource 2: Tender Points Guidelines Newsprint sheet...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint sheet with triangle diagram (see Preparation) Newsprint sheet with list of questions (see Preparation)...
  • Materials for Activity Newsprint Easel Markers Low-stick masking tape Clock, watch, or timer Bell or chime Copies of Handout 1: Saying "I...
  • Description of Activity Invite participants to take turns briefly sharing insights they have had since the previous workshop on commitment...
  • hooks, bell [sic]. All About Love: New Visions. Harper, 2001. Sternberg, Robert J. Cupid's Arrow: The Course of Love through Time ...
  • Affection Connection — Love Extend your exploration of love by trying this activity on your own. For Couples: Couple Covenant Take some...
  • With your co-leader, take some time after the workshop to evaluate the session and plan for the final session. Consider these questions:...
  • Materials for Activity Copies of customized Taking It Home handout (see Preparation) Preparation for Activity Review the Taking It Home...
  • Materials for Activity Altar or centering table Cloth for covering altar or centering table Chalice and candle Matches or lighter Leader...
  • Materials for Activity Name tags Markers Sign-in sheet Pen or pencil An agenda of this workshop's activities on newsprint or a digital...
  • Take some time to complete and reflect upon Activity 4, Tender Points, on your own. If you are going to lead Alternate Activity 2, Personal...
  • Activity Minutes Welcoming and Entering Opening 10 Activity 1: Check-in 10 Activity 2: How Do I Know I Am Loved? 20 Activity 3: The Many...
  • Love is an action, never simply a feeling. — bell hooks (sic), contemporary author, professor, and activist Quote from hooks's book All...