Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Principled Commitment: An Adult Program on Building Strong Relationships

Activity 5: Spiritual Practices That Promote Humility

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Easel, newsprint, and marker

Description of Activity

Share with participants:

According to Unitarian Universalist minister Scott Alexander, a spiritual practice is "any activity or attitude in which you can regularly and intentionally engage, and which significantly deepens the quality of your relationship with the miracle of life, both within and beyond you."

Ask participants to think quietly about spiritual practices that can help them connect with humility by recognizing their limits, experiencing wonder and awe, and creating connection with life and spirit. These can be disciplines, such as meditation; attitudes, such as openness; or actions, such as bringing food to a soup kitchen.

After a minute or two of reflection, invite participants to share some of the ideas they have for spiritual practices. You may want to write these ideas on newsprint.

After ideas have been shared, invite discussion:

  • In what ways can this Unitarian Universalist community support you in these spiritual practices?
  • In what ways can you share today's message with your religious community?