Today, our classes tackle topics that include live-giving plants; honoring death in different ways depending upon culture; the story of the man who created the public television series Eyes on the Prize; and one way to respond to the fact that life isn’t fair.
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 “Life-Giving Plants,” introduces the abundance and diversity of plants through the central story “Noah’s Wife: The Story of Naamah.” Kinesthetic learners will enjoy embodying the life cycle of a seed. The children learn “The Garden Song” and plant seedlings to take home. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session8
The Second and Third Grade class is using the Signs of Our Faith curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Memorial Rituals.” The children learn that religions and cultures honor a death in different ways which are shaped by different beliefs about death and what comes after it. They learn that a Unitarian Universalist memorial ritual is created by family, friends, and a minister to show our reverence for life; our intention to remember our loved one so that something of them will live on; and our feelings about the loss of the loved one’s physical presence. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session8
The Fourth and Fifth Grade class is using the Windows and Mirrors curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Eyes of the Prize.” The children learn about Henry Hampton (1940-1998), a one-time public relations director of the Unitarian Universalist Association who became the first African American owner of a network affiliate television station and who founded Blackside, Inc., a major, minority-owned media production organization. For many decades, mainstream print and television news had presented minorities exclusively through the lens of a dominant, European-American culture. Hampton created and executive produced Eyes on the Prize, a public television series that indisputably dented the institutional racism endemic in our mainstream national media. Participants then make their own study of media to ascertain what they are told/shown and consider how realistically media portray racial/ethnic variety and realities in our community and the nation. www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session8
The Junior Youth class is using the Riddle and Mystery curriculum. Today’s session is titled “Speaking of Fair.” This session’s Big Question may be the only one in Riddle and Mystery that commonly and appropriately receives a one-word answer: “No.” Certainly most sixth grade participants will agree. Life is not fair. Somebody gets the short stick and somebody the long one. Bad stuff can happen to you, to me, to anyone for no good reason. (See last week’s session with the Big Question, “Why do bad things happen?”) Well, so what if life isn’t fair? Most youth already know that when something is unfair they can sit and mope or they can do something about it. Now they will learn that doing something about injustice is an aspect of Unitarian Universalist faith, and in fact a kind of answer to today’s Big Question.” www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session8
More information on the overall program can be found at Religious Education Program for Fall/Winter 2018-19.