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

Activity 2: Practicing Reconciliation—a Reflection

(25 minutes)



  • Decide whether you might ask a volunteer to read the story aloud, or plan to read it yourself. You may wish to provide a reader with a copy of the story ahead of time.
  • Write on newsprint, and post it where all participants can see it: “Reconciliation as a Spiritual Discipline,” UU World, March/April 2004


Participants hear a first-person story by Paula Cole Jones, abridged from her article “Reconciliation as a Spiritual Practice” in the March/April 2004 issue of UU World.

Invite listeners, as they listen to the story, to reflect on the questions they just discussed about their own congregation’s recent history, and to consider how Jones and other members of the All Souls leadership team might answer those same questions about this story.

Read the story aloud or have a volunteer read it.

Discuss the posted questions, focusing this time on Jones’s story.

As you conclude your discussion, point out the posted title of Jones’s piece, the edition of UU World, and the URL, where they can read the entire article.