Today, our classes tackle topics that include creativity in nature; the importance of communities; the bonds of relationship in times of self-doubt; and the big question, “How can I tell right from wrong?”
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 “Creativity in Nature,” looks at creativity in the web of life, exploring the idea that humans are not the only creatures that exhibit an urge to create. The central story, “The Most Beautiful Bower in the World,” introduces the elaborate structures that male bower birds make to impress females. Female bower birds select mates based on the creativity shown in the bowers the males make. Children’s creativity is fostered in a recycled art activity that encourages self-expression and imagination. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session9
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. In today’s session, titled “Looking for Signs of Community,” participants consider the importance of the communities to which they belong, especially their congregation. They discuss ways to support the congregation and other communities, and learn about the ritual for accepting new members into the congregation. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session9
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session, titled “Lean on Me,” explores the ways the bonds of relationships are crucial in times of self-doubt. The source for this session derives from the wisdom of the world’s second largest religion, Islam. The story is about how the prophet Mohamed, the founder of Islam, was afraid of the first revelations he received from Allah. Mohamed’s first wife, Khadija, was steadfast in her support of him and her trust in Allah. It was her trust, people believe, that helped give Mohamed the courage to fulfill his calling and bring Islam to the people of world. Participants will be asked to envision this story from Khadija’s perspective. This will encourage them to consider what it means to support someone who is feeling insecure and afraid. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session9
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Right and Wrong.” This session’s Big Question is, “How can I tell right from wrong?” Youth may not use the term “moral ambiguity,” but they have confronted complex moral and ethical decisions. Even young children know the angst of being torn between two choices, each of which seems to mix right and wrong. The simple answer to today’s Big Question is that there is no simple answer. However, youth will learn in this session how to use tests and guidelines—for example, the UU Principles, their own conscience, and the Golden Rule—to discern the best, most right action in specific situations. Helping youth through the thickets of moral ambiguity is very much worth the effort. The session offers youth challenges to consider and includes a story of conscience at work. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session9
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.