Preschool participants continue their use of Spirit Play
The Kindergarten and First Grade class is using the World of Wonder curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Using Our Senses of Wonder.” Socrates, the Greek philosopher, said, “Wisdom begins in wonder.” One of the most important goals of the World of Wonder program is for the children to engage directly with nature. This culminating session provides a shared experience. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session16
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Signs of Faithful Leadership.” This session concludes the program by affirming children’s connection to our Unitarian Universalist history and future. They are invited to see themselves as carriers of a UU legacy: of faith in the power of humans to make the world a better place, of hope, and of support for one another on our faith journeys. The story of Antoinette Brown and Olympia Brown reinforces a sense of UU history and encourages children to help one another find the courage to follow one’s calling. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session16
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Choose to be UU.” Ours is often referred to as a chosen faith. Choosing is terribly difficult, but it is an important human freedom. Unitarian Universalists lift up our responsibility to choose as a defining aspect of our faith identity. Yet our faith is about much more than choice; it has deep roots and religious mandates. Unitarian Universalism asks us to think about and evaluate our spiritual relationship with the Divine, calls us to be mindful of our role in the world around us and compels us to help the causes of peace and justice. Yes, our faith demands, too, that we choose it consciously, perhaps more than once in the course of our lives. ~ The session presents a story of Dorothea Dix. A 19th-century woman who chose to become a Unitarian as an adult, she transformed the treatment of mentally ill people in the United States. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session16
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled, “UU Me.” Today’s Big Question is: What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me? Unitarian Universalist youth often first think seriously about what our faith means to them when they enter a Coming of Age program, typically in eighth or ninth grade. Asking middle schoolers to ponder the question can nurture and support their developing lives of faith. This session offers potential answers and a fun, thoughtful conclusion to Riddle and Mystery. It asks youth to identify common UU ideas about mystery, faith and big questions. They consider a UU teen’s story about her Unitarian Universalist experience. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session16
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.