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

Alternate Activity 2: Song - Spirit of Life

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Copy(ies) of the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition

Preparation for Activity

  • Decide how best to present the song - reading the words, singing, or playing a recording.
  • Optional: Ask your music or choir director to make a recording of the song.
  • Optional: Music player for sharing the song.

Description of Activity

Tell the group that many songs in Singing the Living Tradition and its supplement, Singing the Journey, are very popular among UUs. UU World says that "Spirit of Life" is better known and loved than any other song. (Ask if participants are familiar with UU World, a magazine published by the Unitarian Universalist Association.) Here is what UU World had to say in Fall, 2007: "No other song, no other prayer, no other piece of liturgy is so well known and loved in Unitarian Universalism as 'Spirit of Life' by Carolyn McDade." (See Resources for a full listing of the article.)

Ask the group if they are familiar with the song. Unless everyone knows it, introduce the song in a manner comfortable for you -reading the words, singing them if you are comfortable doing so, or playing a recording.

Ask for the group's reactions. Do participants like the song? Why do they think it is so popular among UUs? Does it say anything about Today's Big Question? What do they think is meant by "Spirit of Life"?