Activity 2: The Story Of The Wise Fool

Activity 2: The Story Of The Wise Fool
Activity 2: The Story Of The Wise Fool

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copies of Story 1: The Wise Fool (one copy for leader, plus several copies for participants who may wish to read along)
  • Optional: Microphone
  • Optional: Pulpit or lectern
  • Optional: Bell

Preparation for Activity

  • Review the story in advance so that you can present it effectively.

Description of Activity

Read the story "The Wise Fool" aloud. Provide copies of the story to people who prefer to read along.

After sharing the story, invite participants to take a moment to quietly center themselves, to let go of any tension or emotions that are not needed for the next hour, and to breathe deeply. You may ring a bell at the beginning and end of this silent time, or simply invite people into the silence and then gently bring them out.

After the silence, invite participants to discuss their responses to the story. Keep the discussion brief and focused, allowing time for your own concluding remarks. Ask:

  • In what ways have you perceived the sacred in your everyday places and everyday experiences?
  • What makes it hard to pay attention to spirituality in the everyday?
  • What can help you be mindful of the spiritual aspects of your everyday experiences?

Conclude with the quote from My Dinner With Andre that introduces this workshop. You may also wish to make some of the points found in this workshop's Introduction.

Including All Participants

Be sure that all participants can hear the story, or have the story interpreted for them. Using a microphone for this activity helps more people hear the story. You may wish to print out a copy of the story in advance for participants who are hard of hearing or who prefer to read along.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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