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

Activity 1: An Experience of Love

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Hershey's (tm) Chocolate Kisses

Description of Activity

Participants think about what love means to them and how it operates in their lives.

Give everyone a chocolate kiss candy. Tell them not to eat the chocolate yet. Ask participants to find a partner. If you have an odd number, have a group of three. Also, if you have a fun process of pairing up this would be a good time to use it. One example would be to ask everyone to line up by birthdate without talking and then have them count pair off with the person next to them.

Explain that this workshop explores a Unitarian Universalist theology of love. Love is interpreted in many ways. In this activity, they will explore love as a feeling.

Invite participants to think for a moment of a time when they felt loved. Then ask the following questions:

  • Who or what were you getting the feeling from?
  • What did it feel like?
  • What did it cause you to do?

Ask participants to take turns sharing their stories with their partners, for about five minutes each.

Let the pairs know when five minutes has passed so that they can switch to the second speaker. When time is up, tell them to give their partner their candy kiss as a thank you for sharing.

Regather the whole group.

Invite brief sharing:

  • What were the similarities in your stories? What was different?
  • Finish this sentence: "Love is always ___________"