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


Part of What We Choose

Activity time: 13 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Unlined paper, and a selection of writing and drawing tools, such as calligraphy pens, color pencils, and fine point markers
  • Taking It Home handout

Preparation for Activity

  • Set out materials where all can reach them.
  • Write on newsprint, and post:
    • Is it necessary to work against systems of oppression in order to be a moral person?
    • Is it possible to be a moral person without taking risks?
    • Is it possible to be a moral person by oneself-that is, outside a community context?
    • Are there changes you would like to make in your life that would help you choose moral and ethical actions?
  • Decide what you will do with participants' creations. Will you invite them to take them home to show to friends and family and continue the conversation? Will you display them in the meeting space or elsewhere in your congregational building? Will you retain them until the final workshop and display them at that time? Identify a display location, if you need one.
  • Customize Taking It Home and copy for all participants. You may wish to include this workshop's Faith in Action activity, this workshop's Find Out More section, and/or the Spiritual Preparation section of the workshop that is next in your series.

Description of Activity

Ask participants to reflect on an ethic of risk and the possibilities and challenges it poses to their lives. Invite them into a time of silence to respond to the posted questions, and then to create a word collage, or draw, or create some other visual representation of their thoughts at this moment. Allow ten minutes.

Then, gather the group. Invite participants to share a word or phrase indicating something they are taking away from the workshop. Share a moment of silence together and then extinguish the chalice.