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

Faith In Action: Wisdom of the Unitarian Universalist Community

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Approach your minister, your religious educator and/or lay worship leaders to arrange a time when the Riddle and Mystery group can participate in a worship service.
  • Optional: Invite a worship coordinator or your congregation's music director to join the youth for this activity and help plan their part of a worship service.

Description of Activity

If the group has begun an ongoing Faith in Action project, continue work on it.

Or, consider this short-term Faith in Action project:

Wisdom of the Unitarian Universalist Community

Remind youth that one way Unitarian Universalists find answers to big questions is in community. Say, in your own words:

When we come together, we hear the experiences of others and are ourselves heard. Sharing helps us understand the range and depth of responses to big questions. One place where we commonly share is in worship.

Ask participants if they would like to present some of their learnings from Riddle and Mystery in worship. The group could participate in whole congregation worship, a religious education year-end worship, multigenerational worship or a worship specifically for the religious education community of children and youth.

Assist participants as they decide how they would like to be involved. You might suggest that participants present a WCUU script, or show a videotaped WCUU segment. They could lead a short Q&A after the service to elicit congregants' ideas about answers to one of the program's Big Questions.

Plan another meeting before the worship service to rehearse. Be sure to offer youth the support, tools and practice they need to be successful.

Including All Participants

Do not pressure youth to take speaking parts if they do not want them; find a variety of ways to involve everyone.