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Religious Exploration (RE) with Elizabeth Ann

From Sunday, May 5 —
THEME OF THE YEAR: THE GIFTS OF OUR UU FAITH
THEME OF THE MONTH: THE GIFT OF PLURALISM

During this church year, our children have been introduced to the concept of religious pluralism. We have had lessons that shared through stories and classroom lessons the values and traditions Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Wiccan, Native American. The lessons of this month will increase their understanding of Pluralism as a Gift of Our Unitarian Universalist Faith.

Stories and activities this month include:
Mullah Nasruddin Feeds His Coat
The many branches of the tree of our shared Unitarian Universalist Faith
The Crayon Box That Talked
Making U. S. flags to celebrate Memorial Day
The Brave Little Parrot
Welcome Mat Posters
The Tale of Two Beasts
Learning new songs

All are welcome to visit us on Sundays on the second floor! If you are interested in participating in the Religious Exploration, please let me know.
From Sunday, April 28 —

THEME OF THE MONTH: THE GIFT OF INTERDEPENDENCE

Thank you all for your warm reception of the conversation that Rev. gratefully McKinley and I had last week. He and I were intrigued by our intersecting family stories on the island of Antigua. Some of you were prompted to start or continue to explore your family's lineage. I will be at Coffee Hour this Sunday if you want to continue the discussion.

Here is the link to the amazing and impactful book that Shaie read, Born on the Water.

From Sunday, April 21 —

Last week we began to explore the concept of Interdependence. The story of "The Grumpy Gecko" helped us to better understand how living and non-living entities are dependent on each other to thrive.

Another way of thinking about Interdependence is shown by considering the intersection of these three concepts:
COMMUNITY
CREATIONS
CREATURES

Your Religious Exploration Team is eager to share how the weaving together of these concepts reflect and support the Living Traditions of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
Our Communities
Our Creative Spirits and all that has been created
The creatures that we live beside.

Something key to communities, creations, and creatures is communication.

The last time that we were in our classroom, we were sharing what we knew of American Sign Language. Each of us knew at least one word. If you would like to know more, here are some resources.

From Sunday, April 14 —

Hello from Loiza. Puerto Rico!

I am at Finding Our Way Home, an annual retreat for UU Religious professionals of color. Ordained and lay ministers, religious Educators, administrators, musicians, and UUA are gathered in Puerto Rico for 6 days ll.

The retreat is rich with worship services, including a Borican service with Bomba drummers and dancers.

The lovely folks in Loiza, a historic African community welcomed us with open arms, a tutorial about Bomba, and more dancing! Their welcome reminded me of this month's theme: The Gift of Interdependence. This close-knit community, that was not expecting us, quickly got ready to welcome us. One person arrived with chairs for us to sit, tapped coconuts so we could drink coconut water, and jewelry for us to buy.

To show our appreciation, we danced we sang, we shopped, and made a "love offering".

This week as we explore The Gift of Interdependence in the classroom, we will learn how we connected to one another, with Love at the center. We are ONE and interdependent.

All of this reminded me of a Jon Batiste song, "Worship". See you on Sunday!

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Children from the RE program honor the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service (in part) by marching around the sanctuary and
learning about the weekly vigils hosted by our congregation.
Jyl S. continues to provide exceptional care in our nursery (Jyl even assists in our classroom when she can!). Our students are still sung out every Sunday after the Story for All Ages. And we continue to explore themes in tandem with adult worship.

You might have noticed, though, one difference in particular: our program has grown ever so slightly. This is true in both our nursery as well as our classroom. It’s exciting and the energy in the room is catching! Together, we’ve explored how we are a people of vision through guided meditation; reimagined our classroom as a sanctuary by making craft stained glass; delved into our own memories to write poems; immersed

ourselves in UU history and investigated the mystery within scientific discovery by learning the story of Lewis Latimer and making circuit boards; considered the possibilities of our own futures in the light of multicultural stories of miraculous births; and most recently, practiced our trust in each other with a blindfolded partner walk in our outdoor play area.

We’ve also been lucky enough to have some tremendous volunteers helping both during and outside of class time. Big thanks to Chrissy E., Karen S., Darlene S., Linda P., Fern C., Len R., Emlen S., Leslie F., and Kaiyon F. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, talk to Elizabeth Ann T.

    Bridging Ceremony for Our Graduating Youth: 2018

    All Souls Day Celebration

    Bridging Ceremony for Our Graduating Youth: 2010

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