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

Activity 2: Unfurling Your Wings

Part of Spirit of Life

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Copy Handout 2 for all participants. Note that it is a two-sided handout.

Description of Activity

Introduce the activity with these or similar words:

In each of us there is the possibility of growth and change, of unrealized potentials becoming activated, of "wings unfurling." Sometimes, we experience the freedom of wings unfurled when we become free from limitations. Other times, we experience a similar kind of unfurling in the freedom that comes from accepting limitations. A rich sense of spirituality can inspire us, give us meaning, and carry us forward like wings.

This activity offers each of us an opportunity to reflect on how we might be if we let our wings unfurl and our spirits soar.

Distribute Handout 2 and pens or pencils. Invite participants to take fifteen minutes for reflection and writing in response to the handout's questions. Suggest that participants choose the front or the back of the sheet for their primary focus. Completing the entire sheet thoughtfully would be difficult to do in the time allowed and is not necessary. Explain that these worksheets will be kept private-participants will not be asked to share them.

After fifteen minutes, ring the bell. Invite participants to spend another three minutes deciding what to share for Activity 3. These questions might help them choose a focus for their sharing:

  • What is the essence of how you want to be?
  • What obstacles do you want to overcome in order to get there?
  • What help do you need?

Encourage participants to make some notes about what they would like to share.

Including All Participants

If some participants find that the worksheet hampers their creativity or clashes with their learning style, they are welcome to put it aside and draw or think instead.