Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Faith Like a River: A Program on Unitarian Universalist History for Adults

Alternate Activity 2: Debating Membership

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Print out Leader Resource 2 and familiarize yourself with its contents.
  • Print and prepare Leader Resource 5 for all participants.

Description of Activity

Read aloud or present the contents of Leader Resource 2, The Historical Parade of Membership. If you paraphrase, read aloud the section about the 1963 General Assembly.

Invite the participants to form two groups. To one group, assign the designation "pro," and to the other, "con." Print out and prepare Leader Resource 5, Membership Debate Scenarios, and give the "pro" group the first half labeled PRO and the "con" group the other half labeled CON.

Invite each group to spend the next 15 minutes preparing their side of the debate. After 15 minutes, invite a representative from each group to present their case. Once each side has been heard, open the conversation to the whole group for discussion and debate.