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

Activity 4: Fact Sheet

Activity time: 7 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Handout 1, Hinduism Fact Sheet
  • Newsprint with youth's questions about Hinduism (from Opening)

Preparation for Activity

  • Post the newsprint sheet of questions where all participants will be able to see it.

Description of Activity

Participants discuss a fact sheet on Hinduism.

Distribute Handout 1, Hinduism Fact Sheet, and review it with the group. Ask:

  • Can you identify aspects of Hinduism that engage with the basic human needs met by religion? For example:
    • Answers to big questions
    • A connection to something larger than ourselves
    • Knowing right from wrong
    • Giving one's life meaning and a sense of purpose
    • Creating a feeling of belonging
  • What beliefs do Unitarian Universalists and Hindus share?
  • How does knowing about Hinduism influence your Unitarian Universalist faith?

Acknowledge that in Hinduism, as in all religions or philosophies, beliefs are not necessarily uniform from one participant to another. What participants discussed today are some of the Hinduism's most universal tenets. As in other religions, much diversity exists among believers, so an individual's faith cannot be predicted simply by saying, "They are Hindu." Additionally, we know that religion is not static-religions change and grow as human needs change.

Revisit the questions generated in the Opening. Point out the answers that have emerged so far during this workshop. Note the questions that remain unanswered, and tell the group you will do your best to find answers before their next meeting.

If you will be engaging with a Hindu community (Alternate Activity 1), give participants any information they need.