What Does It Mean to be a Family of Memory?

What Does It Mean to be a Family of Memory?

Dear RE Families,

On Sunday, we started the theme of Memory, with a service around the story The Fall of Freddie the Leaf by Leo Buscaglia. You may want to borrow the book from the library and reread it with your children.

Here are some additional ideas for thinking about the theme of Memory this month.

Yours in faith,

Sankofa – stories we need to remember

Celebrate the Ghanaian culture from which we find the Adinkra symbol of “Sankofa” meaning “Go Back and Get It.”  Let the music and drums move you into your own memories.

Sona Jobarteh – Jarabi

The drummer is from Ghana and the guitarist is from Nigeria. Sona is from Gambia.

Mamady Keïta – Kuku

Stories and Books

Belonging: Fannie Barrier Williams

In Tapestry of Faith, Faithful Journeys, Session 4: Be Fair

“… Fannie went to Washington DC to study painting. She had to hide behind a screen so no one could see her. “If the other students know you’re here,” the teacher told Fannie, “they’ll want you to leave.”

Over and over again, all through her life, Fannie was told she wasn’t wanted and couldn’t belong, just because she had dark skin…” – from the story

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott  (Author), Purple Wong (Illustrator)


“Milo is excited about her class trip to the museum. The docent leads them on a tour and afterward Milo has time to look around on her own. But something doesn’t feel right, and Milo gradually realizes that the people from her community are missing from the museum. When her aunt urges her to find a solution, Milo takes matters into her own hands and opens her own museum!” – Amazon

Remembering the Shoulders We Stand On

The Francis David (pronounced Dah-veed) Story – the beginning of liberal religion

This year (2018) marks the 450th celebration of the Edict of Torda, the beginning of our liberal religion and this month marks the anniversary of the death of David in prison on Nov. 15, 1579.

From the UU Partnership Church Council

Look under “RE Transylvania” for the story.


2016 Transylvania Tour – Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation Adult Choir

Watch minute 9:00 – 17:47 for footage of Unitarian Churches in Transylvania

Movies for families about Memory

The Peanuts Movie


“Nobody says what time period the movie takes place in, but the characters use rotary phones (and don’t have devices/screens everywhere). Did you notice the lack of technology in the kids’ lives? How does that compare to what you’re used to? Do you think one way is better than the other?” – Common Sense Media

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)


“…has more darkness and edge than many average kids’ movies and is best suited for tweens and older, rather than the preschool and early-elementary set. It has scary characters and epic battles that can be quite intense and that lead to character injuries, an entire village burning (though the villagers survive), and even deaths. …Despite the peril, this epic adventure set in an alternative fantasy Japan has strong themes of courage and teamwork. And at heart, it’s a mother-and-son love story, as well as the tale of a young artist learning how to be a hero.” – Common Sense Media, as suggested by Lynnie Lynn, Topeka, KS

Inside Out – Family Movie

Coco – Family Movie


“Coco’s rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly — and deeply affecting — approach to questions of culture, family, memory, life, and death…” Engages Day of the Dead – Oct.31 – Nov. 2


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