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

Alternate Activity 2: Further Reflection on the Shooting in Knoxville

Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 30 minutes

Description of Activity

Use these questions to deepen the discussion about the story of the Knoxville shooting.

  • Are there circumstances under which people have a right to use arms in order to make a political, philosophical, or religious statement? Are there circumstances where violence is necessary in order to uphold a "right?" Who gets to decide this?
  • Is it acceptable for a society to limit or alter legally granted rights? Under what circumstances? Is it acceptable for a society to limit natural rights? Under what circumstances?
  • Congregational buildings are, for the most part, physically open to everyone. Unitarian Universalist congregations, in particular, value a diversity of religious and personal expression in our pews. Does our commitment to the right of religious and personal freedom, combined with our openness, put us at special risk? Is it possible to mitigate the risk, while maintaining a commitment to human rights?