The Lifespan Faith Development Staff Group’s presentation at LREDA Fall Conference included a breakdown of the various outcomes for each of the “strands”: Ethical Development, Spiritual Development, Unitarian Universalist Identity, and Faith Development. While admitting that the strands are, indeed, overlapping (interwoven), there are some specific outcomes in each individual strand. For this post I’d like to share with you the Goals and Elements of the Ethical Development strand:

This particular strand is built on the fourth and third components of the LFD Staff Group’s Vision Statement, “Nurturing children, youth, and adults who…”

  • Realize that they are moral agents, capable of making a difference in the lives of other people, challenging structures of social and political oppression, promoting the health and well-being of the planet, acting in the service of diversity, justice and compassion, and
  • Accept that they are responsible for the stewardship and creative transformation of their religious heritage and community of faith.

The Goals are

  • To live out one’s values
  • To want to make the world a better place
  • To be passionate seekers of justice and peace
  • To be good stewards of the environment, and
  • To have a moral basis for deciding right and wrong

The Elements include

  • Values, ethics, character development
  • Right relationship/right action
  • Stewardship and citizenship
  • Acceptance/affirmation/celebration of diversity
  • AR/AO/MC understanding and action (anti-racism/anti-oppression/multicultural)
  • UU heritage of moral agency

I’ll post more on the other outcomes in the next few days–and I’ll put together a rundown of release dates for future Tapestry of Faith curricula.