Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5


It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. — Frederick Douglass

The power of fire is the power of shining light and passionate action. Participants learn to activate their fire power to express their feelings and beliefs and make a difference. They hear a true story of two boys who found a creative way to stand up to bullies at their school. They add fire symbols to the Circle of the Elements mural. While previous sessions have stressed listening and cooperation, this session explores the power of direct action.


This session will:

  • Explore fire as a symbol of direct action
  • Demonstrate how fire power can shine, with a story about two boys who acted to stop bullying at their school
  • Promote and build strategies for standing up to bullies or those who act unjustly
  • Show that each of us has "fire power" to stand up for what we believe
  • Affirm that "the right of conscience" (fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle) demands that we act for justice.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Focus on characteristics of fire power by decorating the "Fire" quadrant of the Circle of Elements mural
  • Explore "fire power" strategies against bullying, by learning how two boys took action against bullying in their school and by role playing
  • Experience fire power by making book covers with anti-bullying tips and slogans.