I am not going to question your opinions. I am not going to meddle with your belief. I am not going to dictate to you mine. All that I say is, examine, inquire. Look into the nature of things. Search out the grounds of your opinions, the for and against. Know why you believe, understand what you believe, and possess a reason for the faith that is in you. —Frances Wright, writer, feminist, abolitionist, and utopian
IN TODAY'S SESSION... we discussed how asking questions and seeking the answers can be a sign of our UU faith. The children learned they can look inside themselves for answers to their big questions. They experienced the UU ritual of prayer or meditation and explored reasons to meditate or pray besides seeking answers. They learned that many UUs engage in prayer or meditation to stay connected to that which is greater than just themselves, and that our faith does not require us to address a prayer or meditation to God.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... the spiritual practices of family members. Who has used prayer or meditation? Why? Have they used it regularly, that is, as a ritual?
Family Ritual. Read Handout 1, UU Prayers and Meditations together. Pick one to recite regularly as a new family ritual.
Family Discovery. How does your family deal with questions? Did adults or older youth in the family ask many questions when they were children? When younger people in the family ask questions, do adults or older youth try to answer them? Is there a family member who is the "go to" person for answers?