Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades


To live and let live, without clamour for distinction or recognition; to wait upon divine love; to write truth first on the tablet of one's own heart—this is the sanity and perfection of living. — Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science

This workshop introduces five faiths that emerged between 1830 and 1880.

It examines their historical context, looks at some of their characteristic elements, and appreciates the energy that led to their beginnings.

Because it is difficult to cover five religions in ninety minutes, you might consider extending this into two workshops by including the two Alternate Activities and extending the discussion time for other activities.


This workshop will:

  • Introduce some fundamental aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Baha'i Faith, Seventh-Day Adventists, Church of Christ, Scientist, and Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Introduce some important religious figures from the mid 1800s
  • Present the story of the Mormon Trail
  • Compare these faiths with Unitarian Universalism.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of these five faiths
  • Discuss religious persecution
  • Learn greater appreciation for worldviews different from their own
  • Consider how Unitarian Universalism might become more welcoming to cultural diversity
  • Practice spreading the good news of Unitarian Universalism.