Opening for Workshop 5: Mind Practices
Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Altar or centering table
- Cloth for covering altar or centering table
- Chalice and candle
- Matches or lighter
- Copies of Singing the Living Tradition, the UUA hymnbook (one per person)
- Optional: A piano, guitar, or other form of accompaniment
- Optional: Microphone
Preparation for Activity
- Arrange for musical accompaniment if you believe it will be necessary for singing "With Heart and Mind."
- Set up the altar or centering table with the cloth, chalice, candle, and matches or a lighter.
- Place copies of Singing the Living Tradition on or next to participants' chairs.
Description of Activity
Welcome participants to Spirit in Practice.
Ask the group to turn to "The Free Mind" by William Ellery Channing, 592 in Singing the Living Tradition. Invite a participant to light the chalice as the group reads responsively.
After the reading, ask the group to turn to "With Heart and Mind," 300 in Singing the Living Tradition. Invite the group to join in singing. If the group is largely unfamiliar with the song, you may need to teach them the tune.
Including All Participants
If your congregation has large-print and/or Braille versions of Singing the Living Tradition, make those copies available for participants who might need them. Using a microphone for this activity helps more people hear you.