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

Activity 3: Personal Ethical Exploration

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons, markers, and/or color pencils

Preparation for Activity

  • Prepare the meeting room so that participants have adequate table space for drawing, alone and in pairs.
  • Set out materials where all can reach them.

Description of Activity

Introduce the activity with these or similar words:

Select a partner you don't know very well, and sit next to that person. Using pictures, words, or symbols, create a visual representation of your personal ethics. You will have five minutes to work on your own, before sharing your work with your partner. After five minutes, share your creations with one another and observe places where you overlap and places where you differ. If you wish, you may add to or alter your work after sharing with your partner.

Circulate while participants work. After five minutes, invite participants to share their work with their partner. After five minutes of sharing, invite participants to turn their attention to the large group. Explore these questions:

  • Are there symbols, pictures, shapes, or words that are held in common across the group?
  • Can any of these be named as coming from a particular religious experience or source?
  • Do you consider any of the symbols, pictures, or words you used symbols of Unitarian Universalist ethics?

Including All Participants

Invite participants to verbally share their symbols and metaphors to aid those who are visually impaired.