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

Activity 3: Story - A Repair Job

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story so you will be comfortable presenting it.

Description of Activity

Youth discuss a story about bridge building.

Tell or read the story. Process with these questions:

  • The carpenter in the story facilitates repairing the sisters' relationship. Can you think of people who have been or are bridge builders in the real world?
  • One sister asked the carpenter to build a fence, but the carpenter built a bridge instead. Was it right for the carpenter to disobey the sister? If you found yourself in the position of the carpenter, what would you do?
  • Have you ever seen someone "building a fence," by the way they are talking or acting toward someone else, and thought they needed a "bridge," instead? What did you do? Did it work?
  • Are there times a fence is better than a bridge? Should religions ever stay separate, so they do not come into conflict? Is that possible in our community? Our nation? Our world?

Encourage youth to continue discovering more about other religions and belief systems. Say:

The right of all people to choose their spiritual path is one of our Unitarian Universalist values. Affirming that right is one way to be a bridge builder.