Important information for February 12th, 2017!
We are having a Children’s Chapel next Sunday, based on our fourth source of Unitarian Universalism: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves, or in child-friendly language: Christian and Jewish teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves.
As part of our lesson, we will be making Valentine’s Day cards to take to Vantage House, a retirement community in Columbia. We will be teaching the children some easy songs that retired folks will enjoy, and taking the Valentines and music to Vantage house at 12:30 to share some love with local elders. We would love you to join us at this event!
Please click here to sign up. We are asking for help with cookies and juice, carpooling, and would love to know if you can join us! All ages are welcome!
Make sure to read to the bottom for important news and events!
Yours in faith,
What happened in your child’s class this week:
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe. — John Muir
Talk about the quote. Do you agree with it? Can you think of anything that is not connected to something else in some way? Note that John Muir was a well known American naturalist and conservationist who lived from 1838 to 1914.
What We Did Today
Today’s Big Question asks, “How am I connected with everything else?” We heard the story of Henry Bergh, a famous Unitarian who felt so strongly connected to animals that he started the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He also started the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, but that is another story. We talked about our connections to the whole universe, and drew concentric circles to show how connections spread out from each of us to family and community to nation and to the whole universe. When we drew some lines out from ourselves, the circles began to look like a web, with us in the center connected to everything else. In WCUU, we talked about connections, community and responsibility. Then we designed tee shirts to show our own ideas about connection.
Reflect on Your Beliefs
Write some poems about how you are connected with something very far away—like the moon, or the Amazon River or a kangaroo in Australia. The poems can be silly and fun or very serious.
Play a connection game with your friends or family. Count the people you connect with in any one day. Include anyone you communicate with by phone or computer, in person… everybody you can think of. Compare the totals.
Make a Reconnection
Reconnect to somebody you have not seen for a long time. Maybe they moved away, or just got busy. Find out where they are and phone them to say hello or send an email or a postcard. Or, reconnect with a place you used to love but have not visited for some time. Think about how hard it would be to stay connected to every person you ever meet and every place you ever visit.
Ask somebody else to take a picture of you connecting with someone or something in one of your concentric circles. Tell the person taking the picture why this connection is important to you.
Family Faith in Action – Being Responsible
Find a new way to be responsible for helping the environment that connects everything and everybody. Maybe it is as simple as helping clean up part of the Earth near your home. Maybe you will decide to eat more local foods to help reduce the expense and pollution of importing foods to your area.
No class this coming Sunday, February 5th!
See you next week!
Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes for Grades K/1 and Grades 4/5 are starting! Please remind your OWL students to go directly to class and not enter the Sanctuary! Classes will run through April 2nd. Kindergarten and First Grade 9:00-10:00 am, Fourth and Fifth Grade 11:00 am-12:30 pm. All other RE Classes continue as normal.
Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators! Next class Sunday, February 26th, 5:00-7:00 pm Facilitated by Doug Miller, Steph Silver, and Robin Slaw.
Adult OWL starts in February! Have your children’s classes made you curious about what you don’t know? Would you like a safe place to talk about Adult sexuality? Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Adults helps you explore sexuality through your values and experiences. Enhance communication skills as you increase your understanding of healthy relationships, sexual diversity, and sexuality throughout the life cycle. It’s the sexuality education opportunity you probably never had growing up.
Adult OWL Orientation on Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:00-9:00 pm in Sanctuary A. Classes held Saturday mornings, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 1. Facilitated by Steve Parr, Regina Verow, and Robin Slaw.