Today, our classes tackle topics that include exploration of transcendent mystery in the beauty of nature; stewardship and the responsibility to care; understanding class by seeing the unseen workers; and envisioning the future.
Preschool participants continue their use of Spirit Play.
The Kindergarten and First Grade class is using the World of Wonder curriculum. Today’s session, titled “Beauty in Nature,” explores the universal need for beauty and cultivates children’s appreciation of nature’s beauty. Activities draw from the UU Source, “Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life.” We experience great awe and wonder when contemplating the elegance of the systems and the beauty of the materials that sustain all of Earth’s abundant and diverse life forms. Perhaps along with our survival needs, it is the love and appreciation for the planet’s beauty that moves us to protect it. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session12
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Stewardship is a Sign.” Children understand themselves as “stewards”—that is, people with ability and responsibility to contribute to the care of people and places they love, such as family, friends, their school, the congregation, and the earth we share. Activities encourage participants to see themselves as generous people, with time, talent, and possibly financial resources (treasure) they can share to help take care of the congregation. The ritual for this session is the offertory, and the story is a wisdom tale from Islam about generosity. We ask that children and their families to bring a new or gently used book or toy to donate to the congregation. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session12
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session, titled “Making Visible the Invisible,” introduces a working definition of class as one’s relative status according to wealth, power and position. We guide children to examine themselves in these terms and to discuss what it means to compare people in these ways. We focus participants’ attention on people and classes they might be unaware of—the unseen workers who grow and prepare their food, make their clothing, and build and maintain our societal infrastructure. We come full circle to understanding how our first Unitarian Universalist Principle transcends class and guides us to challenge society’s systems of comparative human worth. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session12
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled “The Future and Me.” Almost every person of the age of our junior youth class has wondered about their future. This session frames their wonderings as a Big Question which seeks a deeper answer than the right career to pursue. Youth learn how Unitarian Universalism can guide them toward intentional decision making based on their developing values. This session assures youth that they will find direction from a variety of sources including their inner selves, the examples and advice of trusted adults and the Principles affirmed by our faith. The session takes participants ahead to their own 100th birthday parties for an imaginary look back at what they might have done with their lives. The story, “The Stonecutter,” describes one man’s circular and ultimately successful attempt to gain contentment. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session12
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.