Our summer 2016 HUUC Jedi Academy continues with training in light saber skills. [Students do not need to be familiar with Star Wars movies or stories to participate and enjoy our classes.] Today our Jedi Masters will teach a short light saber routine to our padawans and younglings. Class light sabers will be provided and we will emphasize safety and self-discipline. For more information, email Rev. Leslie. And may the Force be with you!
“A long time ago in a galaxy not too far from here…”
We are excited to launch the brand-new HUUC Jedi Academy for summer 2016! As “modern mythology” the Star Wars stories can foster real-life practices of spirituality, such as respect, insight, pursuit of knowledge and meditation. [Students do not need to be familiar with Star Wars movies or stories to enjoy this program!] Today we’ll introduce the Jedi Academy to our padawans and younglings and talk about self-discipline (in a really fun way!). For more information, email Rev. Leslie. And may the Force be with you!
Where has the time gone? Our children and youth will end this church year with celebrations as they reflect back on a year of learning together. Click on the links below to learn more about your child’s activities.
Preschool: We Give Thanks for Our Year Together
Today we will celebrate the friendships we have made throughout our year together.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Our UU Principles
Our children will celebrate learning all seven Unitarian Universalist Principles and hear about a Universalist woman, Clara Barton, who lived the UU Principles. They’ll create nurse caps to remind them of Clara’s story and mobiles that demonstrate the gift all the individual Principles are to the whole community.
2nd/3rd grade: Love is the Golden Rule
Today’s story, “Love is the Golden Rule,” shows how the centrality of love has been expressed many ways in different religious and cultural settings. Children will create Night Sky displays to take home to remind us how our Sources guide us to act with love.
4th/5th grade: We Are Active Creators of Our Faith
We conclude our exploration of the Blake covenant today by acting out its five key phrases in a game, Covenant Charades. We’ll compare the Blake covenant with our own congregation’s covenant and hear a story about a group of children who found the need to create a covenant on their own when disputes erupted over who could use a treehouse.
Junior Youth: Summer and Beyond
What’s next for our junior youth? Perhaps a special worship service? Perhaps some fun social activities? Building a Little Free Library? Come explore what the Junior Youth Group can be and help make decisions about the coming months!
Today we witness two wonderful events for our youth — the culmination of our first self-directed Coming of Age program and our annual Bridging Service for our graduating seniors. Our youth will share their perspectives on life and their roots in Unitarian Universalism and we will rejoice as they spread their wings and bridge into young adulthood. This is a multigenerational service with childcare available for preschool and younger children.
Our seventh UU Principle calls us to honor nature and the interdependence of all life. What does that look like for a preschooler or first grader? Older children will explore the connections between love and trust, seeing through another’s eyes, and youth leading in social justice actions. Click through on the links to read more about what is happening with your child(ren)’s class.
Preschool: Spirit Play
Spring as definitely sprung! Today children will play both inside and outside.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Love Surrounds Us in Nature
Children will learn about the Unitarian Universalist principle about caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us. They’ll hear a story about how the animals in a rainforest convinced someone how important even one tree can be their existence. They’ll begin to understand how we have the responsibility to care for the earth and everything on it.
2nd/3rd grade: Love Builds Trust
Our seventh Source of Unitarian Universalism, “faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage” is the focus this week. The group will hear a story about Rev. Margaret Barr, a Unitarian minister from England who travelled to India and started a school for children of all religions to attend together. When she arrived, she noticed most of the schools were parochial, attended only by children of their respective religions. She met Mahatma Gandhi and he supported her endeavor to bring different faiths together.
4th/5th grade: Our Heritage’s Calling
Participants will experience a challenging obstacle course and then hear a story about Elizabeth Blackwell who persisted in her quest to become a doctor even as she faced many obstacles to achieving her dream because she was a woman. Blackwell’s Unitarian faith sustained her and her strong calling helped her persevere. Participants will consider what they like doing best in order to gain insight about their personal callings to help others.
Junior Youth: Sources of our Faith
Today our junior youth will begin wrapping up their study of world religions by exploring the sources of Unitarian Universalism. How is our faith informed by other religions?
Finding our truths can be difficult, especially as the world shouts at us at every turn. How can we respond to meanness with love? What steps can we take when someone loses our trust to repair the bonds of friendship? Click through on the links to read more about what is happening with your child(ren)’s class.
Preschool: Spirit Play
Children will hear stories about our second principle.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Peaceful Choices
Today children will learn how the sixth Principle applied to the life of Unitarian social reformer, Dorothea Dix. They’ll learn about a barn school and talk about how our daily choices make a difference in how we work toward a peaceful, free, and fair world.
2nd/3rd grade: Responding with Love
Our children will explore Sufism as a window into our third Unitarian Universalist Source, expressed in child-friendly words as “the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions.” The group will learn about responding to meanness with love, using a Sufi story, “The Dervish in the Ditch,” as a starting point and explore both dancing and sitting meditations.
4th/5th grade: A Matter of Perspective
Being able to see events from several perspectives is a useful life skill and can help us live in harmony with people of diverse faiths. Children will explore optical illusions and alternative fairy tales to explore this topic.
Junior Youth: The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints
Youth will host visitors from the local Mormon church.
Can there be justice without peace, kindness and joy? Today’s lessons will help children explore different ways to communicate and live our UU Principles. Click through on the links to read more about what is happening with your child(ren)’s class.
Preschool: Our Seven Promises
Children will continue learning about our Seven Promises (aka the Seven Principles) and how they help us make decisions.
Kindergarten/1st grade: A Peaceful and Fair World
Today’s session will focus on our sixth principle, working for a peaceful, fair and free world. The group will hear a Buddhist story, “Supriya’s Bowl,” about a young girl who helped provide one of the basic needs, food, in her community. Making their own clay bowls will help the children talk about receiving, giving, and how bowls do both.
2nd/3rd grade: From Anger to Kindness
The children will learn from our third Unitarian Universalist Source, “the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions,” using a Buddhist story to consider anger, with love. The children will try non-verbal communication to express anger and empathy and create Calming Beads.
4th/5th grade: Seeing Truth/True Seeing
Youth will talk about Unitarian Universalist minister the Reverend David Pettee and what he did when he discovered that his ancestors had owned slaves. They’ll also weave a God’s Eye, an emblem of true seeing.
Junior Youth: Fundamentalism and Cults
Youth will continue learning about fundamentalist faiths (especially within Christianity) and cults.
Today’s classes lead our children to think about how our inner peace, creativity, and sense of gratitude can help us change the world. Click through on the links to read more about what is happening with your child(ren)’s class.
Preschool: Our UU Promises
Children will talk about promises and the special promises that UUs make to each other.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Hear Our Voices
Children will be introduced to the story of Ruby Bridges, the six-year-old African American girl who became the first to integrate a previously all-white school in Louisiana during the Civil Rights era. They’ll talk more about our fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle about being able to vote about things (have a say in) that concern them, in the context of making our voices heard in support of people who are not being heard.
2nd/3rd grade: Love and Gratitude
Today children will learn about the sixth Unitarian Universalist Source, expressed in children’s language as “the harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life.” The children will experiment with an experience of what it feels like in our bodies when we focus on what we hate, and then what it feels like to focus on things we are grateful for. Together they’ll create a group poem to express our gratitude to the Earth.
4th/5th grade: Science and Religion
Exploring the relationship between science and religion both in the past and in our current world is the focus of today’s class. Children will do some science experiments and talk about science in politics.
Junior Youth: Earth Centered Religions
Youth will begin exploring earth-centered religions and discuss creating a Sunday worship service for the congregation in July.
Kindness for each other and for all creatures is a central theme for this week’s lessons. Click through on the links to read more about what is happening with your child(ren)’s class.
Preschool: Lei Day — We Give Flowers to Friends
Children will talk about how May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii. They’ll create leis with tissue paper circles to give to a friend.
Kindergarten/1st grade: Our Words Matter
The group will hear a Sioux legend about the tradition of passing a talking stick from person to person so everyone has a chance to speak. Children will make their own talking sticks and play a game that is believed to have originated with the Zuni or Hopi Native Americans. This session demonstrates how everyone should have an opportunity to speak up for themselves or have others that can advocate for them.
2nd/3rd grade: Love for All Creatures
We will learn what Hinduism teaches us about reverence for life and living without harming animals and hear a Hindu story about the god, Ganesha, whose mother takes the form of a cat without his knowledge. Ganesha chases and torments this cat without thinking, only to learn that he has tormented his mother. We also will learn about ways animals communicate without words.
4th/5th grade: Peace Inside
Children will hear the story “Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom” where a girl learns how the well known, nondenominational Serenity Prayer can give her perspective on a conflict with a friend. They’ll practice using “the wisdom to know the difference” between things we can change and things we cannot in true-to-life situations and experience both a walking and a guided meditation.
Junior Youth: Earth-Centered Religions
Youth will begin their study of Earth-centered religions today.
All ages are invited to celebrate our annual Flower Communion where we remember the words of Rev. Norbert Capek in 1923: “These flowers are like ourselves, different colors and different shapes and different sizes. Each needing different kinds of care — but each beautiful, each important, and special, in its own way.”