Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: What We Choose: An Adult Program on Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

Taking It Home: The Locus of Moral Authority

Part of What We Choose

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. — Albert Einstein

Share with family members or friends the story you wrote about in Activity 3, What Guides Me? Include children and youth as appropriate. Invite others to share stories that help them frame their ethical and moral decision making.

As you go about your daily life, notice when you hear or read statements that rest on moral or ethical precepts. When you encounter such statements, ask yourself:

  • Where is the authority behind these statements?
  • How do you feel about the ethical authority this institution or individual has claimed or assigned?
  • What do you perceive as having given that individual or institution the right to claim or assign moral authority?