Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Spirit of Life: An Adult Program on Unitarian Universalist Spirituality

Activity 5: Story - The Gates of the Forest

Part of Spirit of Life

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Review the story and practice reading it aloud to ensure that you will present it effectively.
  • Optional: Copy the story for all participants.

Description of Activity

Tell participants that you will share a story that will guide a discussion about the purpose of ritual in our lives.

Invite participants to sit comfortably and listen to a story from the preface to Elie Wiesel's novel, The Gates of the Forest. You may wish to use a cordless microphone to ensure that all participants can hear you.

Pause at the conclusion. Then, invite comment and conversation in response to the story.