Prepare the altar or centering table with the cloth you have brought, a chalice and candle, and matches or a lighter.
Select one of the following readings from Singing the Living Tradition: 479, "An Awe So Quiet" by Denise Levertov; 480, "Let Us Open Our Minds"; or 498, "In the Quietness of This Place" by Howard Thurman. Hold it in readiness for the reading.
Description of Activity
Refer to Leader Resource 1, Order of Service - Generosity, to conduct the opening. You may adapt the service to fit with your group's interest as well as your congregation's identity and customs. The Order of Service is provided as a starting point.
Including All Participants
Pay attention to the modulation of your voice throughout the opening, and particularly during the meditation. Make sure that your tone is gentle and meditative, but keep your volume high enough to be heard throughout the room. Note that some participants may need to keep their eyes open during the meditation in order to understand your words.