Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: A Place of Wholeness: A Program for Youth Exploring Their Own Unitarian Universalist Faith Journeys

Welcoming and Entering

Materials for Activity

  • Journals for new participants
  • Newsprint

Preparation for Activity

  • Have journals for visitors or participants who do not have one. Set out supplies for them to personalize their journals during Welcoming and Entering.
  • Write and post the Welcome Words and questions.

Description of Activity

The Welcome Words set the stage for the workshop and spark conversation before the workshop begins. They include a quote and a question.

Our religious education nurtures both roots and wings; the roots of community and shared values, and the wings of the free mind and creative spirit. - Rev. Patricia Hoertdoerfer, "Education for Religion as Relationship"

Questions: What material are your roots made of? What color are your wings?

As participants arrive, invite them to decorate a journal, review and/or add to their journals in response to the Welcome Words. Invite discussion of the Welcome Words. Orient visitors and first-time participants to the program and get a sense of what brought them today.