Introduction to Session 13
'No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.'
This session introduces the intangible gift of learning together. As Unitarian Universalists, we use this gift in affirming and promoting our seven Principles. We cannot strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations (second Principle), nor work toward the goal of world community (sixth Principle), without being wiling to learn what others feel and need. To pursue a free and responsible search for truth and meaning (fourth Principle), and to accept one another and encourage one another's spiritual growth (third Principle), we must be open to what we can learn from one another's experiences, as well as from teachings of other peoples and faiths.
Community creates opportunities to learn with others. This session's story illustrates how a rooster learned something about himself and realized his potential through the support and care of his community. At their best, Unitarian Universalist communities challenge members to bring out the best in each other.
This session will:
- Introduce the intangible gift of learning together
- Convey that everyone, regardless of age, has something to teach and something to learn — an affirmation of the first Unitarian Universalist Principle: the inherent worth and dignity of every person
- Demonstrate that living our UU Principles depends on our willingness to learn together
- Engage participants in the spiritual practices of opening and closing rituals.
- Understand why learning from one another is an important and valuable gift that helps both individuals and communities
- Practice learning together
- Identify skills they have and teach those skills to their peers
- Engage in opening and closing rituals as a sharing of spirit.