Activity time: 8 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A copy of the story "Speaking Out: Maria Cook, Universalist Preacher"
- A chime, rain stick or other calming sound instrument
- Optional: Fidget object basket (Session 2, Leader Resource 2)
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story a few times. Think about how you might use items from the story basket as props.
- Consider telling the story rather than reading it. Practice telling it aloud.
Description of Activity
In this story, Maria Cook, the first woman Universalist preacher, exemplifies our fifth Principle, the right of conscience and the use of democratic process. In addition, the story introduces nonviolent resistance, a physical way of speaking out.
Before you begin, look around the room and make eye contact with each person. Read or tell the story.
Ring the chime (or other sound instrument) to indicate that the story is over. Then, guide a brief discussion with these questions:
- Have you ever stood up for what you thought was right, even when it was uncomfortable or difficult (for example, standing up for someone who was being bullied, or telling your religious beliefs to friends who you know believe differently)?
- How did it feel?