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


Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Chalice, candle, and lighter, or an LED/battery-operated candle
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape
  • Leader Resource 2, Quaker Background

Preparation for Activity

  • Read Leader Resource 2, Quaker Background so you will be comfortable presenting it.
  • Post blank newsprint.

Description of Activity

Invite youth to sit in a circle. Answer questions from the last workshop. Then, light the chalice with these words:

We light this chalice in celebration of Unitarian Universalism and the sustaining faiths of all people of the world. May the flame represent the fire of our commitment to understand all faithful people and build bridges that connect us as one human family.

Invite participants to check in by saying their names and briefly sharing something they know or have heard about Quakers. Ask what questions they have about Quakers. Write the questions on newsprint. Tell the youth their questions may be answered in this workshop. Commit to research remaining questions and bring answers to the next workshop.

Read or share, in your own words, the information in Leader Resource 2, Quaker Background. Use the newsprint to list important terms from the resource.