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Toolbox of Faith: Reflection

Materials for Council Circle

  • Tool of the Day — mirror
  • 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 mirror and tell them it is the Tool of the Day. Pass one or more mirrors around the circle, inviting children to share their prior experiences with mirrors.
Lead a discussion to introduce the mirror as a symbol of inward reflection. 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 mirror represents reflection. The mirror represents times when Unitarian Universalists listen to their hearts and nurture their spirits. We listen to the still, small voice which is inside of us when we reflect. Unitarian Universalism is a faith that values each person's path of questioning and searching for truth. This is a key part of growing in faith and deepening in religious understanding. One of the Sources of our faith is from each person's sense of mystery and awe � a sense we can exercise in ourselves through reflection.
(copied and pasted from the opening activity)
Read or retell the story attached. Discuss the story using the following questions.

Invite participants to pass the Tool of the Day as a talking stick and respond to these questions. You needn't pose all the questions; use whichever you need to prompt discussion.
  • How does reflection help you see your internal self? How is it similar to the way a mirror helps you see your external self?
  • What are the situations when you are most reflective, or most able to be reflective (such as around a campfire, on a mountain top, at night)?
  • What kinds of things do you think about? What does your still, small voice say to you?
  • What experiences have you had when reflection has given you fresh ideas? Calmed you down? Helped you solve a problem?

(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:

Mirror Games

Make a Mirror