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Religious Education March 6th

Owen_and_mzeeSpirit Play has been focusing on lessons around valuing our earth and all things that live here. Last week they heard the true story of Owen, a 650 lb hippo from Kenya who had been swept out to sea in a Tsunami. Owen was rescued by the people of Malindi. It took them all day. But now Owen had lost his mother and family. He was very scared.  Hippos are very social animals and like to stay with their mothers for the first four years of their lives. They brought Owen to a wildlife sanctuary and as soon as he arrived he ran right over to a giant male tortoise, 130-years-old, named Mzee, which in the Swahili language means “old man”.  Owen decided that Mzee should be his adopted mother. Mzee wasn’t too sure about Owen, if fact, he ran way. But Owen was pretty sure this is who he wanted to be with and he persisted, following Mzee around and by the morning they were together. Now they swim, eat and sleep together all the time. The ecologist in charge of the animal park said: “It is incredible. A-less-than-a-year-old hippo has adopted a male tortoise, over a century old, and the tortoise seems to be very happy with being a ‘mother’.  The hippo follows the tortoise exactly the way it would follow its mother. If somebody approaches the tortoise, the hippo becomes aggressive, as if protecting its biological mother,” Owen and Mzee have been a very happy family ever since. This Sunday they will hear the story of another giant tortoise. Stay tuned!

Sing to the Power has been focusing on the types of powers we have symbolized by the element of fire to make positive change in the world, and they are concentrating on the power of action right now. They learned that sometimes we need to act even when we don’t know how to fix the whole problem at once as they watched a video about Bill McKibben and heard the story of 350.org, a worldwide organization fighting climate change. Then they began a project of making a solar-powered oven out of a pizza box and some aluminum foil! This week they will finish that project and consider the ways we can change our habits to slow the climate change which threatens the world’s ecosystem.

Breakfast Club continued to explore their theme of the importance of silence and listening through conversation and practice.

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it. — Jiddu Krishnamurti

Nursery care will be provided, as always.