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Leader Resource 2: WCUU Script - Spiritual Truths

To the Co-Anchors:

Today's WCUU program talks about some different spiritual truths one might find under the Unitarian Universalist tent at an International Camp of Faith. Your job is to follow the script, read your parts, and otherwise keep things going. When the broadcast begins, you are together with NUUs Analyst on camera under the tent, standing in front of a microphone.

[Director: Cue the station break.]

[Director: Cue the Anchor.]

Co-Anchor 1: This is WCUU, Wisdom of the Community of Unitarian Universalists, on the air.

[Director: Cue the theme music.]

Co-Anchor 2: Good morning. I am [give your real or stage name].

Co-Anchor 1: And I am [give your real or stage name]. This morning's broadcast comes to you live from the International Camp of Faith. As our regular viewers know, we have recently made a series of visits to tents erected by all of the world's great religions—the most unusual tents in all the world. In our last report from the International Camp of Faith, we said these religious tents help ward off the weather and the bad things that happen and even the blinding light of all truth, a light so hot and powerful that it might frazzle anybody who looked directly at it.

Co-Anchor 2: Yes we did. Which makes today's visit quite remarkable, because today we want to look at that blinding light of truth. We are going to find out what our Unitarian Universalist friends have to say about truth. Fortunately, we ourselves won't be blinded, because this UU tent is equipped with skylights through which people can look and search for truth without being blinded.

Co-Anchor 1: That's a funny idea anyway, [Co-Anchor 2's real or stage name], the idea of being blinded by truth. Maybe NUUs Analyst has something to say about that.

NUUs Analyst: The idea of the blinding light of truth is a traditional religious idea that if you could really see God, the sight would be so brilliant and dazzling that you would be blinded. Most UUs do not worry about that. They think truth is a wonderful thing, no matter how they can get it.

Co-Anchor 2: And what do most UUs say truth is?

NUUs Analyst: UUs talk about different kinds of truth. There is scientific truth, for example. That is something that you can prove with experiments. But the kind of truth that concerns us today is spiritual truth. That is what you feel and know deep down inside you about the answers to the big questions, like whether there is a God and other great mysteries of the universe.

Co-Anchor 1: Thank you, NUUs Analyst. Now, [Co-Anchor 2's real or stage name], let's get started. Let's ask some UUs what truth is.

[Director: Cue NUUs Analyst to step aside. Cue UU Christian to join Co-Anchors.]

Co-Anchor 2: Here's one now. Hi, there, UU Christian.

UU Christian: Well hi, to you, too, Co-Anchors.

UU Christian: Sure. Truth is the core of my spiritual beliefs. It is the center of what I feel about God.

Co-Anchor 2: And where do you get your truth?

[Christian UU responds briefly.]

[Director: Cue Christian UU to step aside. Cue Buddhist UU, Judaist UU, Humanist UU, Pagan/Earth-centered UU, Hindu UU, and Muslim UU in turn, to join Co-Anchors. As Co-Anchors will interview each UU and they will respond with information from Leader Resource 3, Truth Notes. When interviews are done, cue Co-Anchors.]

Co-Anchor 1: Thanks to all the UUs who talked with us about truth. Wasn't that rich, [Co-Anchor 2's real or stage name]?

Co-Anchor 2: It sure was, [Co-Anchor 1's real or stage name]. We had better ask our NUUs Analyst to sum it all up.

[Director: Cue NUUs Analyst to walk on camera.]

NUUs Analyst: I'm delighted to do that, Co-Anchors. Delighted, that's what I am. Here's what I have to say. You have discovered your own truth today, Co-Anchors. Call it a religious truth. You have discovered a truth about Unitarian Universalists. The truth is, they think spiritual truth is very important but it can be a different truth for each of them. UUs find their own spiritual truths, with the help of their UU community and using ideas from a variety of Sources. Some UUs find one Source has truth for them, while other UUs find truth in another Source. Some look in Hebrew or Christian scripture, some choose other sacred writings, some follow their own direct experience of mystery and awe. Some find the most truth in science and reason. Yet, they do all agree on a whole bunch of spiritual truths—like that it's important to respect one another, everybody else in the world and everybody's different spiritual truths, as long as those spiritual truths don't lead to actions that hurt other people.

Co-Anchor 1: Wow again, NUUs Analyst.

Co-Anchor 2: That was very helpful. Thank you.

NUUs Analyst: No problem. As I said before, I am delighted to help, just delighted. Want to know how delighted I am? I'm as delighted as a kangaroo in a patch of fresh grass. I'm as delighted as a mosquito at a swimming beach on a hot summer day. I'm as delighted as . . .

Co-Anchor 1: Enough, NUUs Analyst, that's enough!

Co-Anchor 2: Theme music! Theme music, please!

[Director: Cue the theme music.]

[Director: Cue the station break.]

Co-Anchor 1: This is [your real or stage name] signing off for WCUU.

Co-Anchor 2: That is W-C-U-U for Wisdom of the Community of Unitarian

Universalists. And this is [your real or stage name] signing off, too.