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

Alternate Activity 5: Looking Back

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint, markers and tape

Preparation for Activity

  • Glance back over the Riddle and Mystery sessions the group has covered.
  • Post a sheet of blank newsprint.

Description of Activity

Ask the group to review some topics you have explored in the first half of Riddle and Mystery. Ask which Big Questions they recall, and write these on newsprint as you hear them. The first eight sessions ask:

  • Where do we come from?
  • What are we?
  • Where are we going?
  • Does God exist?
  • How did life begin?
  • What happens when we die?
  • Why do bad things happen?
  • Is life fair?

Ask what activities youth have enjoyed. Ask them to name some ideas they have learned. You will not hear a clear synopsis of the curriculum to date, of course, but you may learn which concepts have taken hold. This will help you choose future sessions and activities.

Here are some key curriculum messages to listen for and, if needed, reinforce:

  • Unitarian Universalism is a creedless religion. Individual Unitarian Universalists decide on their own answers to the Big Questions.
  • While Unitarian Universalists are free to decide what to think and believe, we agree about important values to live out, such as helping each other and being inclusive.
  • Unitarian Universalism is a humanistic religion. This means we believe people have a lot of responsibility for what happens to us and our world.
  • Unitarian Universalists have covenanted together to shape Principles and Sources to guide us. We support each other in our UU communities.
  • Many UUs believe that what you do is at least as important as what you think. You need to act on your ideas, beliefs and hopes. That is what Faith in Action means.