Multigenerational Resources for Congregational Worship, Reflection, and Action on Immigration
W = Worship element
B = Background information
C = Curriculum
I = Individual workshop or activity
- Faithful Journeys, Move It! If You Want Justice and You Know It, Clap Your Hands (Grades 2-3) (W)
This activity can be adapted for a MG setting—create a song based on the line "If you want justice and you know it..." sung to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands." Each phrase has a feeling associated with it (i.e. "angry") and a movement (i.e. "stomp your feet"). This activity involves movement and creating a song that everyone can sing.
- A Chorus of Faiths, "We Are Each Other's Business" (story) (Youth) (W)
Promotes religious pluralism. Eboo Patel recalls an experience, during high school, when antiSemitic slurs were written on desks and shouted in hallways and he did not comfort his Jewish friend. Years later, Eboo realizes he should have spoken up.
- Heeding the Call, Opening reading (courage, strengthening wills, transformation) (Youth) (W)
A reading on finding courage to persevere in Unitarian Universalism's important immigration work.
- Cooking Together, Changing Ourselves: Theological Reflection for All Ages (Multigen) (B)
This blog post shows ways to engage children, youth, and young adults in theological reflection in order to understand their relationship with immigration justice work.
- Cooking Together, "Com-passion:" A Theological Foundation for Intergenerational Worship (Multigen) (W)
This blog post emphasizes com-passion ("feeling with") as an avenue toward understanding the feelings of immigrants, and gives guidelines for sharing this sense of “com-passion” in a multigenerational worship service.
Religious Education Curricula
- With Justice and Compassion: Immigration Sessions for Children's Religious Education (Children) (C)
A program designed for Grades 1 through 8, With Justice and Compassion offers children a structured way to engage with their own family ancestry and to discuss immigration in the U.S. The program includes four 60-minute sessions for each grade group (Gr 1-2, 3-5, 6-8) and involves a service project.
- What We Choose, Ethics: An Ethic of Affirmation and Resistance or An Ethic of Affirmation and Resistance in Folk Tales (Multigen) (I)
Both of these activities focus on affirming ethical standards to highlight marginalized peoples’ dignity, identity, and how they live their lives in the world. Through a handout and various folk tales, participants engage and think critically about the issues involving peoples on the margins of a dominant, cultural society.
- Amazing Grace, Universal Love Art (Grade 6) (I)
This activity invites participants to create artwork symbolizing the concept of "universal love," an idea that Unitarian Universalism embraces. This concept relates to immigration because the group fosters love, dignity, and respect for families dealing with immigration processes.
- Heeding the Call, Taking It Home on Immigration (Youth) (I)
This Taking It Home activity for families activates empathy to engage participants in learning about and striving for immigration justice. Participants imagine what it feels like to migrate to a new place and welcome those in the community who may have emigrated from another place.
- UU World Family pages, Standing with Families on the Side of Love; story, “Separated by a Border” (Multigen) (B; I)
Faith in Action Activities
- Faithful Journeys, Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty (Grades 2-3)
This Faith in Action encourages congregations to engage in acts of kindness in the congregation and community; these acts of unconditional love strengthen interpersonal connections.
- Amazing Grace, Taking It Home on UUs in Action (Grade 6)
A Taking It Home activity that explores the idea of UUs in Action, encouraging social justice work throughout the community.
- Blue Boat of YaYAM, Top 10 Ways to Help Youth Prepare for Justice GA (Youth)
- What We Choose: Ethics, Multiple Perspectives FIA (Multigen)
This Faith in Action activity applies the “ethic of risk” framework, developed by Sharon Welch, to a social justice project. The congregation discusses how they engage with a community of marginalized or oppressed people.
- Cooking Together, Modeling Multigenerational Learning and Service (Multigen)