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


Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 2 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Worship table or designated space
  • Chalice, candle, and lighter, or LED/battery-operated candle

Preparation for Activity

  • Arrange the worship table or designated space.
  • Practice reading the excerpt (below) from "The Basis of Morals," so you feel comfortable presenting it to the group.

Description of Activity

Light the chalice and share this passage from "The Basis of Morals," by John W. Chadwick, published in The Unitarian Review and Religious Magazine, VII, no. 1 (January 1877):

Thank heaven that as humanity goes forward, the standards of action are being brought more and more into conformity with the ultimate basis of morals, the highest social good. If half the energy that has been wasted in conformity to artificial standards had been spent in really trying to discover and do the things that make the security of life and property and domestic peace, how many furlongs further into chaos would be the standard of humanity planted this day! If instead of asking what is the requirement of the Bible, or the Church, or ancient precedent or immemorial custom, men had simply sought to know what things are most useful to humanity at large, and what of things hurtful might first be removed, how many of the now waste places would be glad! But the day so long desired is surely coming. And when it is well here, then not only shall the earth appear the home of justice, but the will of God shall be done among us as it has never been. . . .