Middle School message for March 17

Middle School message for March 17

[The people] joined themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) Into a church estate, in the fellowship of the gospel to walk in all [God’s]ways made known, or to be made known unto them, to their best endeavors, whatsoever it should cost them.
– Covenant of the Separatists

This Sunday, your middle schoolers will learn about how the reformation gave birth to Pilgrims and Puritans, how congregational polity came about, and how Unitarianism developed as a response to Calvinism.

They played several games and took a stand on the idea of When people are born they are like blank slates, and they can work at being good or evil. Where did your middle schooler stand on that idea?

What did they think of the preaching by Jonathan Edwards? How are we UUs different today?

Here are some additional quotes on Calvinism:

I call that mind free… which recognizes in all human beings the image of God. …
-William Ellery Channing, 19th century minister, known
as “the father of American Unitarianism”

The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome Insect over the fire, abhors you. …
-Jonathan Edwards, 18th century preacher

I can never join Calvin in addressing his god. .. If
ever man worshiped a false god, he did.
-Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to John Adams.

The great end in religious instruction is. .. to awaken the conscience ….
–William Ellery Channing


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