This book belongs to the Tapestry of Faith Toolkit Series provided by the UUA Faith Development Office. Toolkit Books provide background knowledge, inspiration, and practical guidance to program and lead UU faith development and to help us explore and live our faith in our congregations, neighborhoods, nation, and world.
Product Code: 5276
ISBN: 9781558965287
Format: Paperback
Publisher: UUA
Pages: 144
Published Date: 08/16/2007
Availability:In stock
Price: $15.00

Stories in Faith is an invitation to begin a unique spiritual journey, one in which stories help us to develop our faith and make meaning in our lives. This is a distinctly Unitarian Universalist collection of wisdom tales. Nineteen in all, the stories are culled from many cultures and traditions and presented using the seven Principles and six Sources as a framework for reflection and further exploration. Forsyth-Vail offers thoughtful advice for respectfully approaching materials from a culture other than one's own and encourages engagement with wisdom tales as an opportunity for lifelong inspiration and spiritual growth. (Skinner House) 2007 138pp 1-55896-528-9

Stories in Faith is part of the UUA's Lifespan Faith Development Toolkit Series.

Other titles in the Lifespan Faith Development Toolkit Series: When Youth Lead by Jill M. Schwendeman

Nurturing Children and Youth by Tracey L. Hurd

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Preface by Tracey Hurd

Why Stories?

Our Unitarian Universalist Principles
First Principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Every Person
The Brementown Musicians

Second Principle: Justice, Equity, and Compassion

Third Principle: Acceptance of One Another and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth
Jack and the Northwest Wind

Fourth Principle: A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning
The Lion’s Whisper

Fifth Principle: The Right of Conscience and The Use of The Democratic Process
King of the Birds

Sixth Principle: The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All
Orfeo and Heurodis

Seventh Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence
We Are All One

Our Unitarian Universalist Sources

First Source: Direct Experience of Transcending Mystery and Wonder
The Christmas Truce
For the Love of Stars

Second Source: Words and Deeds of Prophetic Women and Men
Rosa Parks
Arius the Heretic

Third Source: Wisdom From the World’s Religions
The Mustard Seed Medicine
Abu Kassim’s Shoes

Fourth Source: Jewish and Christian Teachings
The Call of Samuel

Fifth Source: Humanist Teachings and the Guidance of Reason and Science
Charles Darwin

Sixth Source: Spiritual Teaching of Earth-Centered Traditions
Nanabush and the Bulrushes
The Green Man


"Stories in Faith ushers you into a world of peddlers and fairy queens, bulrushes and donkeys—as real and as mysterious as the stars. As a lover of stories, that would be enough for me. But there's much more —historical context, connections to our Principles and Sources, plus creative activities for congregations and families."
—Jessica York, Director of Congregational Life, Unitarian Universalist Association

"With sensitivity and care, Forsyth-Vail interprets stories from around the world that bring our religious values and aspirations to life. Adults will be engaged and children delighted by this easy-to-use and beautifully written volume."
—Rev. Manish K. Mishra, Minister, Senior Minister at First Parish in Lincoln Massachusetts

"Integrity, multiculturalism and Unitarian Universalism all wrapped up in one. Wow! We all have been waiting for this resource. Stories in Faith is a must-read for religious educators, ministers, teachers and parents."
—Lisa Rubin, Director of Religious Education, First Parish in Bedford, Massachusetts

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