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

Alternate Activity 2: Song - The Earth Is Our Mother

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of Singing the Journey, supplement to Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Optional: A recording of the song and a music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song "The Earth Is Our Mother," Hymn 1073 in Singing the Journey-by reading the words, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.

Description of Activity

Remind/tell the group that Unitarian Universalists express our ideas in hymns. Introduce "The Earth Is Our Mother." Point out that the song comes from the Native American tradition, an Earth-centered tradition and thus one of the Sources of Unitarian Universalism. Ask if participants agree with the song. Do they feel that Unitarian Universalists do enough to take care of Mother Earth? How about people in general?