Today, our classes tackle topics that include working together to make a difference; public witness for social justice; an exploration of different definitions of prayer for different beliefs; and the question of what to believe.
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 “Working Together to Make a Difference.” Throughout this program, children have explored the wonder of the interdependent web of all existence and their place in that web; they have seen that their individual actions have an impact. In this session, children learn the power of working together cooperatively to make a difference by hearing about the Green Sanctuary Program of the Unitarian Universalist Association. They hear the story of how the First Unitarian Church in St. Louis engaged people of all ages to make a difference in their congregation and in the community. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session15
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Witness for Justice: Public Signs of Our UU Values.” As Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day that we become silent about the things that matter.” This session introduces public witness as a way to show one’s faith by working for a just world. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session15
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Prayer is a Place to Grow a Soul.” Prayer is a constant in human experience across eras and cultures, with petitions, lamentations, gratitude and requests for intercession expressed in a great variety of words, art and physical postures. Prayer can be our window to whatever energy, life force or deity we believe exists beyond our selves. It can also provide a mirror to examine our deepest personal and spiritual needs and concerns. Unitarian Universalism is theologically inclusive, and thus embraces many concepts and practices of prayer. This session presents a definition of prayer that young Unitarian Universalists can use whether they embrace humanism, atheism, deism or theism or their beliefs have yet to settle. In keeping with the window/mirror theme, participants respectfully experience prayer practices which may be new to them and explore or imagine a role for prayer in their own lives. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session15
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled, “What to Believe.” Most sessions of Riddle and Mystery begin with a big question and then move on to stories and activities that illuminate the question. This session reverses the order, beginning with a fictional treatment of a real event and then inviting the youth to discover the big questions it raises. An art activity reveals that youth differ in what feels right. Another activity involves a group of detectives sharing ideas about finding answers that feel right philosophically. Youth consider which Sources mean the most to them. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session15
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.