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Religious Education February 7

Hungarian Unitarian SymbolThis week in Spirit Play, they will be finishing their series on the Unitarian Universalist principles of our faith with the 6th principle: working for a world community with peace, justice, and liberty for all. They will hear the story of Francis David and King Sigismond. In sixteenth century Transylvania, Francis David (1510-1579) became the founder of the first Unitarian faith to be known literally as Unitarian. Francis David had originally trained as a Catholic priest before becoming a Lutheran and then a Calvinist, and then finally a Unitarian. In the year 1568, King John Sigismond called a Diet (debate) in the city of Turda to determine which of the established religions in the area would be declared the official religion of his realm. During that lengthy debate, Francis David held his ground against all the other established religions in the region and convinced King John Sigismund that to declare one religion as the state religion and to compel his people to follow that religion was wrong. King John proclaimed religious freedom throughout his realm, the first such declaration known in history. The Hungarian Unitarian Symbol is a serpent and a dove reminding us to be “wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove”.

While previous sessions have stressed listening and cooperation in Sing to the Power, this session explores the power of direct action. This week, they will explore fire as a symbol of direct action and learn to activate their fire power to express their feelings and beliefs and make a difference. They hear a true story of two boys who found a creative way to stand up to bullies at their school and promote and build strategies for standing up to bullies or those who act unjustly. The class will affirm that “the right of conscience” (fifth Unitarian Universalist Principle) demands that we act for justice and stand up for what we believe.

Breakfast Club will continue their discussion of air powers this week with a focus on silence. Through both practicing silence themselves and by listening intently to the sounds around them and sounds drawn from nature, they will explore the importance of silence for themselves.

Youth Group will meet to decorate Valentine cookies, and begin discussing our youth-led church service in April.

Nursery care will be provided, as always.