Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Riddle and Mystery: A Program on the Big Questions for Grade 6

Activity 1: Story - Henry Bergh

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read and print out the story.

Description of Activity

Read the story aloud. Then ask:

  • Do you agree with Henry Bergh that people have a responsibility to treat animals well?
  • Are animal rights as important as human rights? Is it okay for people to worry more about their connections with other people than they do about their connections with animals?
  • Does the seventh UU Principle say enough about how humans should treat other species? Does it say anything at all? Should we have a new Principle that talks specifically about how to treat animals? If so, what should it say?
  • Is the seventh Principle only talking about a human/animal connection? What about human/human? Is there a human/plant connection or a human/Earth or human/Universe connection?