Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Resistance and Transformation: An Adult Program on Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History

Spiritual Preparation

After you read the workshop plan, return to Handout 1, Collaboration or Confrontation? Are you comfortable with the different responses Unitarians and Universalists had toward slavery? Why or why not? Do you think that your feelings are at all similar to the feelings of 19th-century Unitarians and Universalists? Reflect on how you have responded to complicated social justice issues. Did you choose to ignore an issue or engage with it? Have you ever experienced a conflict with someone close to you as a result of a disagreement over a social justice issue? As you prepare to lead this workshop remember that people often have strong opinions about justice issues. Encourage participants to be sympathetic to the different historical figures that they learn about. Choices that seem reasonable at one point in time might seem immoral at another.

Before you lead the workshop, take time to complete this sentence: "At the end of this workshop, I hope the participants leave feeling... "