Activity 1: Experiences of Awe

Activity 1: Experiences of Awe
Activity 1: Experiences of Awe

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Participant journals
  • Variety of writing and drawing implements

Preparation for Activity

  • If participants may need journals, obtain notebooks with unlined pages. Gather a variety of writing and drawing implements.
  • Write on newsprint, and post:
    • Do you recall a time when you felt awe (or a feeling akin to it) stirred by an experience in nature or an encounter with other people? Describe this feeling.
    • Is this feeling of awe related to your Unitarian Universalist faith? Explain.

Description of Activity

Introduce the workshop using these or similar words:

Can Forrest Church's Universalist Theology for the Twenty-First Century help us determine whether feelings of awe and humility are at the root of our own direct experiences of what we might call the Holy or the Life Force or the sacred? Can his 21st-century theological Universalism help us interpret and understand the religious meanings we link to these feelings?

Invite participants to recall a time when they experienced awe. Call their attention to what you have posted on newsprint. Invite them to draw or write about their experience and its relationship to their Unitarian Universalist faith.

Allow eight minutes for writing or drawing.

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