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


Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice or LED/battery-operated candle
  • Newsprint, markers and tape
  • Bell, tingsha chimes or other sound instrument
  • Taking It Home handout

Preparation for Activity

  • Adapt the Taking It Home section and copy it for all participants.
  • Write the closing words on newsprint, and post.

Description of Activity

Briefly summarize the day's session with words like these:

Today's Big Question is "Why do bad things happen?" We began by reacting to some answers offered through history by various groups of people. We also heard the Hebrew scripture story about Job. Then, in our WCUU broadcast, we talked about UU responses to the question. We said Unitarian Universalists rely on a variety of sources to see why bad things happen. UUs accept that life is not perfect, that bad things happen to everybody. UUs try very hard to make things better, to turn lemons into lemonade. Sometimes we do that with Faith in Action projects. Next, we talked about a few, different bad events and decided which ones UUs could try to do something about. In WIT Time, we shared a choral reading that talks about celebrating life despite the bad things that happen.

Relight the chalice. Ask the group to speak these closing words with you: "May this light shine on in each of us as we search for the answers to our own biggest questions."

Extinguish the chalice (or ask the Kid for the Day to do it). Sound the bell or tingshas to end the session.