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

Alternate Activity 2: Song - We Are...

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of Singing the Journey, the supplement to Singing the Living Tradition, the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook
  • Optional: Recording of "We Are . . .," Hymn 1051 in Singing the Journey, and music player

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song-reading the words, singing together or playing a recording. If you wish, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity.

Description of Activity

Say that the songs and hymns Unitarian Universalists sing help us answer today's Big Question, "What are we?" In fact, our UU hymnal supplement has a song called "We Are... "

Play a recording or read the words aloud to introduce the song. (You might also sing it, of course, or ask somebody else to do so.)

Ask for the group's reactions. Do participants like the song? Does it answer today's Big Question as well as they have in other activities? Better? Point out that the song is more poetic. It talks about who we are in terms of our ancestors, relatives and the "spirit of God," rather than in terms of our religion.