Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Love Will Guide Us: A Program for Grades 2-3 that Applies the Wisdom of the Six Sources to the Big Questions


Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Print out Leader Resource 3, Source Star - Reason and Science. Copy for all participants, plus one to place on the Night Sky display. Cut out the stars.
  • Download, adapt, and copy Taking It Home for all participants (or plan to email it to all families after the session).
  • Write the words for the fifth UU Source on newsprint, and post:

Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the use of reason and the discoveries of science.

  • Optional: Prepare to teach and lead the song "Our Sources."
    • Copy Session 1, Handout 3, Our Sources Lyrics, or write the words on newsprint, and post. Plan to store handouts or newsprint for re-use.
    • Learn the song so you can teach it to the group. Listen to the song online to familiarize yourself with it. You might invite a member of the choir or someone in the congregation comfortable leading songs to learn the song with you and help you.

Description of Activity

Gather participants at work tables. Invite them each to decorate a Source Star to take home and share with their family. You might suggest they draw an infinity sign (a figure eight, turned on its side) or a dinosaur to represent reason and science. As children work, attach one star that says "We learn from Reason and Science" to the Night Sky.

When children are done, gather them in a circle. Say, in your own words:

Today we used reason and science to learn about our world, where we came from, and the things around us, as Charles Darwin and other scientists have done before us. This Source points us to love through learning about our world. Each time we meet in Love Will Guide Us we will talk more about love and the Sources of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Indicate the fifth Source words you have posted on newsprint. Invite the children to follow along quietly as you read aloud:

Our Unitarian Universalist beliefs come from the use of reason and the discoveries of science.

Pause and invite volunteers to give an example of what that Source means.

If you wish to sing "Our Sources," distribute Session 1, Handout 3 or indicate the newsprint where you have posted the lyrics. Teach/lead the song, with a musical volunteer if you have invited someone to help. You might play the music clip of "Our Sources" for the children to sing along.

Distribute Taking It Home and thank participants.

Save the Night Sky display and the handouts/newsprint to use next time.

Including All Participants

At this age, children have a wide range of reading ability. Do not put individual children on the spot to read aloud.