Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: The New UU: A Program for Welcoming Newcomers to Unitarian Universalist Congregations

Activity 4: A Story of Our Congregation

Part of The New UU

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Optional: Memorabilia related to the story

Preparation for Activity

  • With your co-facilitator(s), identify a core story of your congregation. The story should reflect something significant about your congregation. It could be a founding story, a story of coming through a crisis, or a story of tackling an issue in the community. Select someone in your congregation who can tell the story well and invite them to participate in this workshop.
  • Gather memorabilia related to the story, if available, to share with participants.

Description of Activity

Introduce the storyteller and provide any appropriate background about the congregation's story. Invite the storyteller to tell the story.

Share any memorabilia that relates to the story. Provide examples of how the story has shaped and informed the congregation's identity. Ask participants if they have seen ways the story is reflected in the congregation's practices today. Invite questions and discussion.