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

Faith In Action: Books for Africa Sunday

Preparation for Activity

  • Go online and learn about the organization Books for Africa. Download brochures. You will see an opportunity on the website to register your fundraiser.
  • Arrange with your minister, social justice committee, or lay worship leaders to donate one Sunday's collection plate to Books for Africa.

Description of Activity

Through her love of discovery and learning, Cecilia Payne made significant contributions to astronomy. Not everyone in the world has the same access and tools to learn. Books for Africa is an organization dedicated to bringing books to people in underdeveloped nations.

Plan a short presentation with the group to present to the congregation before the collection plate is passed during the service. Talk about Cecilia Payne and her love of learning. Tell the congregation that this collection is an opportunity to give others more of a chance to learn from books to which they have had limited, if any, access.

Process this Faith in Action activity with the group by saying:

As Unitarian Universalists, it is important that we share our resources with those with who have less than we do. Helping people get access to books is feeding their minds. We know we can donate money and food for people who are hungry. There are people in the world hungry for learning.

Invite participants to discuss this statement. Help the children make connections between sharing the tools people need to use reason and science and letting the fifth UU Source guide us to love.