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

Alternate Activity 1: Faith In Action - Collaborating For Change

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Writing paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Tables or hard surfaces for writing

Preparation for Activity

  • Set up tables, or find books or other hard surfaces for writing.

Description of Activity

Introduce the activity with these or similar words:

Many Unitarian Universalists find great spiritual and emotional satisfaction in using their individual strengths to help solve problems and respond to needs outside of their personal relationships. They may get involved in social justice work, donate time or funds to charitable organizations, become active in politics - the options are nearly endless.

Invite couples to join in a small group with another couple or two. Distribute writing paper and pens or pencils. Ask groups to create a list of current ways that people in the group work individually for social change.

After 5 minutes, ask the same groups to spend 5 minutes generating a list of how they work for social change as couples.

Some groups will have many examples and others will have few. Clarify that this is okay - some people have more time and resources for social action, and some people are activists by identity. Many people don't have such resources or such an identity, but do have an interest in doing whatever small things they can to create a better world.

When they have completed their lists, ask groups to discuss the impact of working collaboratively "for the cause" and for the relationship. Allow 3 to 5 minutes.

In the time remaining, invite participants to pair up with their partners and discuss which causes might benefit most from their combined interests and skills. Ask them to take some time during the coming week to consider which cause they would most like to work on together and what changes they might need to make in their own lifestyle or schedules to make this happen.