Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Stories in Tapestry of Faith

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  • A Barn-raising In The City
    This story is inspired by a true story, reported in the New York Times on May 10, 1987, about a Manhattan community that joined together to build a neighborhood playground designed by local schoolchildren. The article,...
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Commitment, Community, Direct Experience, Family, Generosity, Gratitude, Interdependence, Poverty, Service, Stewardship
    in Wonderful Welcome
  • A Calabash of Poi
    Based on "A Calabash of Poi," originally published in In the Path of the Trade Winds by Coral Wells Thorpe (New York/London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1924). It was a sizable house, as Hawaiian houses go, perhaps fifty feet long, its side thatched with ti-leaves—a sign of rank. Its only window, about a...
    Tagged as: Aging, Food Justice, Generosity, Goddess, Greed, Hospitality, Immigration, Immigration, Indigenous American, Kindness
    in Signs of Our Faith, Grades 2-3: Being UU Every Day
  • A Caterpillar Grows Up
    Adapted from The Family Finds Out by Edith Hunter (Boston: Beacon Press, 1966).Ellen was sitting up on a branch of the apple tree, swinging her legs. Her mother was looking over the vegetable garden. "Want to see a nice fat green worm?" her mother called. Ellen jumped down from the tree and ran...
    Tagged as: 7th Principle (Interconnected Web), Awe, Birth, Caring, Direct Experience, Freedom, Growth, Interdependence, Nature, Transformation, Wonder
    in World of Wonder, Grades K-1
  • A Chorus of Faith
    Interfaith cooperation was in evidence over a century ago, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago (also known as the World's Fair) in 1893. The Fair was the world's first major theme park, offering the first Ferris wheel rides, and introducing popular treats such as Juicy Fruit(R) gum and...
    Tagged as: History, Prophetic Words & Deeds, Religion, Religious Pluralism, Unitarianism, Unity
    in A Chorus of Faiths, High School Youth: Unitarian Universalists as Interfaith Leaders
  • A Church Divided
    Based on a 2011 interview with Reverend Howard Dana, who has been the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg's minister since August, 2000. When you were a child, did you have a favorite toy? Maybe it was a stuffed animal, doll, or toy truck. Did it go everywhere with you: to the market, in the tub, to bed?
    Tagged as: 5th Principle (Conscience & Democracy), Brokenness, Commitment, Community, Discernment, Growth, Justice, Service
    in Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth
  • A Circle of Forgiveness
    By Rev. Dr. Emily Brault. Used by permission.Rev. Dr. Emily Brault is a Unitarian Universalist minister who works as a Chaplain with the Oregon State Correctional Department. Prior to her current position working with incarcerated women, she worked at a juvenile correctional facility. This is one...
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Community, Connections, Forgiveness, Healing, Humanism, Interdependence, Justice, Letting Go, Listening, Nonviolence, Redemption
    in Heeding the Call, Jr. High Ages 12-15: Qualities Of A Justice Maker
  • A Cup of Tea
    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, welcomed into his home a university professor who had asked to see him. The professor arrived, answered the master's simple, polite greeting with a brusque, arrogant reply, and strode past him into the house....
    in Building Bridges, Grades 8-9: A World Religions Program
  • A Different Kind Of Superhero Christopher Reeve
    It was a hot, muggy morning. Christopher was not sure he really wanted to be out riding in a competition. His thoroughbred horse, Eastern Express, seemed a bit off, as if maybe he would rather be grazing in the field than doing the demanding work of running and jumping with a big, muscular man on...
    Tagged as: 1st Principle (Worth & Dignity), Acceptance, Challenge, Courage, Dignity, Diversity, History, Inclusion, Limitations, Strength
    in Faithful Journeys, Grades 2-3
  • A Garden Is Born Evolution
    Where previously there had been nothing, now there was something. Within a black hole, a "singularity" developed. What's a "singularity?" It's an area in a black hole where the density is so great the pressure squeezes bits of finite matter into a piece of infinite matter. Do you understand that?
    in Riddle and Mystery, 6th Grade
  • A Hospital Blessing
    As human knowledge has grown, we have come to know the immensity of the universe. The universe is big and we human beings can seem infinitesimally small. The hurting in the world, our community, and our families seems huge, and we can feel as though there is little we can do. There's so much that...
    Tagged as: 2nd Principle (Justice, Equity, & Compassion), Acceptance, Caring, Community, Compassion, Connections, Empathy, Generosity, Gratitude, Health, Hope, Prophetic Words & Deeds
    in Spirit of Life
Tapestry of Faith, Wonderful Welcome, Session 16 JPEG illustration for A Barn-raising in the City

Coloring Sheets for K-1 Stories!
Two Tapestry of Faith programs, Creating Home and Wonderful Welcome, now provide a black-and-white, original illustration to use as a coloring sheet for each core story. Invite kindergarten/1st grade children to color while they hear a story. Or, have them color afterward to revisit the characters and what happened.
Online, each illustration is presented alongside its story so that you can download and copy the single sheet. Also, a multi-page packet of drawings is available for all the stories in Creating Home (PDF, 18 pages) and another for all the stories in Wonderful Welcome (PDF, 17 pages). 
Above: Illustration (coloring sheet) by Paul Gray for "A Barn-raising in the City," the Session 16 story in Wonderful Welcome.