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Toolbox of Faith: Covenant

Materials for Council Circle

  • Tool of the Day — a ruler
  • Chalice, candle, and matches
  • One tea light or votive candle of a different color
  • Glass bowl, water, and polished pebbles (for all participants, plus one extra) for alternative to council candles in tray
  • Toolbox of Our Faith poster

Description of Activity

Light the chalice and Offer these words:

We are Unitarian Universalists

with minds that think,

hearts that love,

and hands that are ready to serve.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Invite participants to share important things in their lives. What they share may or may not be related to the session topic and discussion.
Invite participants to drop a stone into the bowl when they share. End the sharing by adding one last stone for unspoken joys and concerns.
Introduce the Tool of the Day
Hold up the tool of the day, tell the children what it is called, and pass it around the circle. As the children pass it, invite them to share their own experiences with rulers..
In this first session, our tool is a ruler. The ruler represents how we make our rules. Someone decided to use this measure of twelve inches as a standard. It may have been the length of a particular king's foot. Then, everyone agreed to use the foot as a measure.
Unitarian Universalism is a faith that values the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Just as a ruler was once agreed upon, we try to make our rules together and vote on them together. We also try to make promises to each other. This is called a covenant. A covenant answers the questions, "Why are we Unitarian Universalists? What is it that binds us together as a congregation and a faith?"
(copied and pasted from the opening activity)
Read or retell the story attached. Discuss the story using the following questions.

Invite participants to reflect about the story of this session as they pass the Tool of the Day as a talking stick. Offer the following questions:
  • Which are harder to keep, promises (covenants) or rules?
  • Why?
  • How might you use a covenant in your own life?
  • Does our congregation have a covenant?

(copied and pasted from the council circle specific to the week).
Read this benediction:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
— Christian scripture (Romans 12)
Extinguish the Chalice.
Continue with the following activities:

Eating in Heaven and  Hell

Creation of Group Covenant