Description of Activity
Use a Faith in Action activity to engage the children in exploring why there is a continuing need for questioning, both in science and in society.
People Whose Questions Shaped History
Arrange for the children to participate in a community commemorative day for a person who has questioned. For example, help out at a celebration honoring the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who questioned racial assumptions and injustices.
Or, plan a group research project to investigate a person such as Galileo, who questioned the assumptions of his day about the solar system; Susan B. Anthony, who questioned her time's prevailing opposition to women's suffrage - all questioners whose persistence changed history. Find a way for the children to present their research to a broad segment of the congregation.
Ask Questions Locally
What issues in your local community can you engage in, with the group, to illuminate the value and perhaps the difficulty of questioning assumptions? Call the group's attention to a local issue that invites some questions. Together, write a letter to the editor of your local paper that urges others to question assumptions.