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Toolbox of Faith: Integrity

Materials for Council Circle

  • Tool of the Day — a compass
  • 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 a compass and tell the children what it is called. Tell them it is the Tool of the Day. You might ask, "What do you think makes this a Unitarian Universalist tool?" Allow participants to share ideas. Affirm that there is no one answer. Say, in your own words:
The compass represents integrity. Integrity means doing what is right. Integrity is our inner moral compass. Unitarian Universalism is a faith that will help you find ways to decide what is right, and to stand up for what is right, even in confusing times.
This is an important part of our faith. When Unitarian Universalist congregations came up with guiding principles to affirm together, the second Principle we chose was justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Just like the compass whose needle always points north, each of us has an inner voice which can help us determine what is right. Some might call the inner voice, "God." When we act with integrity we are connected to a universal sense of what is right.
Pass around the compass(es). Invite participants to share what they know about how a compass behaves and how to use a compass to determine direction. Guide them to discover that a compass will always point to the north.
(copied and pasted from the opening activity)
Read or retell the story attached. Discuss the story using the following questions.

Invite participants to reflect on times when they have experienced their own inner moral compass and ways they have seen it work in others.
Ask them to pass the Tool of the Day as a talking stick. You may like to offer these questions:
  • Have you ever acted on something your inner voice tells you to do even though the outer world doesn't require it? How?
  • Have you felt your "moral compass" swinging toward truth when you have lost your way?
  • Have you ever met or read about someone who was described as having integrity? Who? What was their story?

(copied and pasted from council circle)

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:

Close Course Compass Directions

Make a Compass