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

Taking It Home: Wider and Stronger

The religious community is essential, for alone our vision is too narrow to see all that must be seen. Together, our vision widens and strength is renewed. — Mark Morrison-Reed, UU minister and author

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we reviewed religions we have explored together, and reflected on how they meet their followers' needs. We connected our engagement with other religions to our UU faith, and planned actions to keep being bridge-builders.


  • What would it be like to belong to a religion that taught all other religions were wrong, and only yours had the truth? If you believed that, how would your life be different?


Continue exploring religions. Here are some ideas:

  • Take a world religions course in school or online.
  • Attend religious festivals that are open to the public.
  • Ask someone from another religion to tell you about their religion. See if they are comfortable inviting you to a worship service, another event at their faith home, or a family religious celebration. Invite them to join you at yours, too!
  • Join an interfaith group or start one at your school, congregation, or community center.
  • Explore websites followers maintain for religions not covered in Building Bridges. Take care to identify who publishes online resources—it may be a denominational organization, an individual congregation, or one person. As you explore, keep in mind that most faiths can be followed and celebrated in a variety of ways.
  • Keep talking about religion—with your friends, your family, and your friends' families, if you are comfortable doing so.