Activity time: 2 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Small worship table
  • Chalice, candle and lighter or LED battery-operated candle

Preparation for Activity

  • Set the chalice on the worship table.

Description of Activity

Gather the group in a circle. Ask a participant to light the chalice as you or another participant read the opening words from James Luther Adams' essay, "A Faith for the Free."

The question concerning faith is not, Shall I be a person of faith? The proper question is, rather, Which faith is mine? Or better, Which faith should be mine? For, whether a person craves prestige, wealth, security, or amusement, whether a person lives for country, for science, for God, or for plunder, that person is demonstrating a faith, a showing that she or he puts confidence in something...

The fact that every man and woman, whether they will it or not, must put trust in something, is no basis for any particular faith. Rather, the necessity as well as the fact shows only that we humans must choose. We cannot escape making a choice, nor can we escape the responsibility for the choices we make, and more than we can escape their consequences...

We cannot escape from freedom and its responsibilities. ...Freedom is our fate as well as our birthright...

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