The sources of our Unitarian Universalist faith include Jewish and Christian scripture and teachings as well as wisdom from other world religions. Today our children will hear stories from the Bible as well as different faiths. Click through on the links for more information.
Preschool, Chalice Children: #17 Wondering About Stars
In today’s session the theme is “wondering about the stars.” According to religious educator Sophia Fahs, contact with the natural world is one of the 12 main types of experiences connected with religious development in young children. Today we’ll celebrate the beauty of stars and the awe we feel when we look at stars.
K/1st Grade, Creating Home: #7 Book of Ruth
Children will talk about why families live where they do, and what it is like to move and re-establish home. They will hear two stories: the story of Ruth and Naomi, from the Book of Ruth in Hebrew scripture, and the story of Owen and Mzee, an orphaned hippopotamus and an old tortoise that bonded together at a wildlife refuge in Kenya.
2nd/3rd Grade, Moral Tales: #7 Seeing Others with Awe
Today children will hear a story about a very argumentative third grade class. The school teacher asked his rabbi for advice. The rabbi visited and told the children that the messiah was among them, which caused the children to think about and treat each other differently. We’ll imagine that someone in Moral Tales is a messiah and create affirmation portraits, with each person contributing things they recognize or like about their peers. We’ll talk about the importance and benefit of seeing others with awe.
4th/5th grade, Sing to the Power: #7 The Power of Silence
This Sunday the children will hear about Gordon Hempton’s One Square Inch of Silence campaign to preserve spaces in which the only sounds are the sounds of nature. We’ll tour our surroundings, listening for every sound we could hear, and categorizing sounds as mechanical/electronic, human, or non-human. We’ll talk about how the sounds around us affect us and test our familiarity with the sounds of nature by trying to identify particular sounds. We’ll practice creating our own square inch of silence, in a meditation.