Today, our classes tackle topics that include the importance of play in nature; a Hawaiian story that teaches the importance of welcoming; the idea that “Service is the rent we pay for living;” and Mahatma Gandhi’s commitment to truth.
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 “Joy in Nature: Animal Play.” Playing helps animals (including humans) learn and practice skills, develop social bonds, and relieve stress. Participants experience the joy of play in a session that demonstrates the well-being that results from maintaining a spiritual orientation of joy. An activity extends this learning by introducing the importance of animal enrichment. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session10
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. In today’s session, titled “Signs of Welcome,” the children hear a story based on a Hawaiian tale in which Pele, the goddess of fire, visits two families in disguise to teach a lesson of welcoming. They sing and discuss “Come, Come, Whoever, You Are,” a popular Unitarian Universalist hymn based on words of the Sufi mystic, Rumi. Participants share personal experiences and brainstorm ways to make the group welcoming and accessible to everyone. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session10
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Service is the Rent We Pay for Living.” Two 20th-century African American activists—Shirley Chisholm and Marian Wright Edelman—popularized the saying that titles this session, inspiring us to regard service as a noble duty. The story at the heart of the session, “Arjuna’s Service to His People,” illustrates how public service work can be hard, underappreciated, controversial, unpleasant and risky. Yet, we are all called to sustain our community by working at the tasks required to feed, protect and nurture us all. This session focuses on service in terms of occupations which are difficult to do, yet crucial to a stable society. Participants will learn that whether or not they agree with a particular politician or support a war the U.S. military is fighting, those who do the public service jobs in our society deserve our acknowledgement and gratitude. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session10
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session, “To Tell the Truth, ” addresses the Big Question: What is truth? ~ “Always tell the truth” and “Never tell a lie” are often the first moral imperatives a child learns. But adults do not always set good examples. We lie, and children know. Sometimes we excuse our prevarications as choices we make to “protect” people from the truth or otherwise to do good. Small wonder if youth are confused about what truth is and why it is important. This session asks youth to search for deep truths in the morals of fables and in their interactions with peers. The story lifts up Mahatma Gandhi’s view of truth and his commitment to it, while the session explores different ideas of spiritual truth found within Unitarian Universalism. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session10
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.