Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Harvest the Power, 2nd Edition: A Lay Leadership Development Program for Adults

Activity 4: Five Smooth Stones

(25 minutes)



  • Copy Handout 1 for each participant.


Distribute Handout 1. Share brief biographical information about James Luther Adams from the Unitarian Universalist Historical Society’s online Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography:

James Luther Adams (November 12, 1901–July 26, 1994) was a Unitarian parish minister, social activist, journal editor, prolific author, and for more than 40 years a divinity school professor. Adams was the most influential theologian among 20th-century Unitarian Universalists and one of the finest 20th-century American liberal Christian theologians.

Invite participants to read the handout.

Use these questions to prompt a discussion:

  • Which of James Luther Adams’ concepts resonates most deeply for you?
  • What in the Five Smooth Stones reading do you find inspirational, meaningful, or otherwise helpful to you as a congregational leader?