Hello World Religions Parents,
Several quick reminders: We need parents to sign up for snacks and to help with the class, since we don’t have enough teachers and must have two adults in the room in order to follow our safe congregation guidelines. Also, we have no one signed up for snack this weekend! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44abac2aa3f49-world1
Here’s the trip schedule signup:
We have multiple trips scheduled! Please let us know if your child will attend, if you will attend with your child, if you need a ride for your child or can offer a ride to other children, or if your child will NOT attend. If you are offering to carpool, I need to have copies of your license and auto insurance. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44abac2aa3f49-world2
If you lose these links, they are always available on the UUCC webpage for the World Religions class!
We’re about to start the unit on Christianity. Here are your Dinner and Drive Time Tips, which you can use to talk to your middle-schooler before and after the class:
- A core progressive Christian belief is God loves and accepts all of humanity. This is an opportunity for you to talk with your youth about the Universalist side of our faith. Our Universalist forebearers talked about God as a parent who loved all of humanity so much that God would not damn anyone to Hell. This affirming view led to the belief that all people and all religions were of worth. Our UU idea of “inherent worth” came from this. It was something we brought with us from our Christian origins. So you can help your youth understand that UUism didn’t reject Christianity as much as it grew out of its most generous and abundant form. Christianity is our close cousin who gave us a great gift.
- In our session, we learned that many Christians understand sin as “missing the mark.” Rather than seeing sin as an inherently corrupt part of every human, this view sees it as moments when humans “aim” for goodness but “miss the target.” Ask your youth to tell you about the “miss the mark” game we played to engage this idea.
- Spend some time enriching your own understanding of Christianity. Check out Stephen Prothero’s video on Christianity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0jgabIVoT4