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

Activity 6: Hopes

Part of The New UU

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Bell or chime
  • Bowl of stones
  • Chalice table

Preparation for Activity

  • Place bowl of stones on the table with the chalice.

Description of Activity

Invite participants to choose a conversation partner and share their hopes for their involvement with the congregation. After three minutes, ring the bell or chime and say, "If the second person hasn't begun, please begin now." After another three minutes, bring the group back together. Invite participants to offer a word or phrase about the hopes they have shared.

Point out the stones on the table. Invite each participant to select a stone one at a time to take with them and to say something about what they take with them from this series of workshops. Participants may pass or take a stone without saying anything. Be sure you take part by offering your own words as you select a stone. When everyone has had a chance to share, move immediately to the Closing.