Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Toolbox of Faith: A Program That Helps Children Discover the Uses of Faith

Activity 3: Expression Through Music

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • In Singing the Living Tradition, review Hymn 6, "Just as Long as I Have Breath"; Hymn 16, "'Tis a Gift to Be Simple"; and Hymn 401, "Kum ba Yah." Choose a song. If you are not comfortable leading a song, invite a musical volunteer to help lead this activity, or have the group recite rather than sing the words.

Description of Activity

Through music, participants will further explore the compass as a metaphor of integrity, a quality of Unitarian Universalist faith.

Gather the group in a circle after the games. Introduce one of these songs.

If you are singing Hymn 401, "Kum ba Yah," the song's quiet simplicity may evoke thoughts of the quiet inner voice which causes us to act with integrity. Tell the children:

This song is an African American spiritual. "Come by here" is thought to be the original meaning of "kum ba yah." As you sing, try thinking of this phrase as meaning, "Come, truth, and visit me."

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