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

Activity 1: Introductions

Part of The New UU

Activity time: 15 minutes

Description of Activity

Participants will introduce themselves and describe something they learned in religious education that they still regard as valuable. Initiate the activity with these or similar words:

Our Unitarian Universalist approach to faith development always begins with our own experiences. Since we're talking about religious education in this workshop, I invite you to share something you learned in early religious or character development education that continues to serve you well. Maybe you learned it in a Sunday School or Hebrew School, maybe in nursery or grade school. Or perhaps it was an aphorism or guideline your parents or grandparents taught you.

Model the process for participants, encouraging brevity. Continue around the circle. Pauses for thinking are fine. Participants may pass. If participants begin providing more information, remind them to focus their answer on the question.