A Pocketful of Principles – 6

A Pocketful of Principles – 6

Religious Education at Home for preschoolers, kids, youth and adults

from material developed by Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries at the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis

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6th Principle
I join you as we work for peace, freedom, and justice.

6th Principle Playlist
Listen to our 6th Principle playlist here or build your own collection of songs to remind you of the dream of a world where all experience peace, freedom and justice. Put it on as you’re starting your day, winding down at night, or anytime you want to fill your home with motivation and inspiration.

“Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.”

Read a reflection on our 6th Principle from the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison on the UUA website.

[Image description: The words “improve the global community” in dark green letters, are superimposed on a background of overlapping circles in a variety of pale greens.]

6th Principle Stories for All Ages
There are many children’s stories and wisdom tales that help us imagine a world full of peace, liberty and justice — and point us in that direction. Here are a few for families:

Questions for reflection, discussion or journaling:
For all ages

  • What are some of the things in nature that are beautiful to you?
  • Is there a special place outside where you feel peaceful? Describe it.
  • What is a peaceful country like? What is a peaceful home and family like? What is a peaceful person like? Give as many examples of peace and as many details as you can.

Watch the video above, Dream Peace

Questions for reflection, discussion or journaling:
For middle- and high school youth

  • There is a close relationship between our personal experiences of peace, freedom and justice, and what it means for the world community to be peaceful, free and just. After all, the 6th Principle calls for peace, freedom and justice for all, and that includes you.
  • Divide a sheet of paper into three sections. Title them: World Peace, Family Peace, and Personal Peace. Jot down words and examples that come to mind for each topic: what are some signs of world peace, …family peace, …and peace that we feel as individuals? 
  • How could you bring more peace to your daily life, to your home, or to your larger community?
mage description: A black and white photo of a smiling, elder Mother Teresa wearing a white tunic and habit edged with dark stripes. Words read, “What can you do to promote World Peace? Go home and love your FAMILY.” – Mother Teresa

Suggested Activity: Dedicating Our Children, Dedicating Ourselves

Discuss our practice of UU child dedication. You may want to watch a child dedication video together or pull out pictures from your child’s dedication, if you participated in the ritual at church.

Consider together:

  • What does it mean to dedicate a child?
  • What does it mean to dedicate ourselves to a purpose?

If you choose, you can perform your own dedication (or re-dedication) ritual at home, using water from the glasses on your family table and these words:
​[Name], I/we touch you with water on your brow, on your lips, and on your hands to dedicate your thoughts, your words and your deeds to the service of Love and Justice.

Watch the video above, There is More Love Somewhere

For all ages, alone or as a family

Create choreography to accompany a peaceful song of your choice, such as There Is More Love Somewhere or any of the songs on our UU 6th Principle playlist. For extra fun, you can record yourself performing the choreography (and singing, too, if you’d like) and send it to a friend or loved one, or even forward it to dre@uucolumbia.net to be used in a future church communication or class.

[Image description: The words, “Equality is the soul of liberty; there is, in fact, no liberty without it. – Frances Wright,” are superimposed on photograph of a rocky ocean coast.]

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