Religious Education February 5th
By Pawyi Lee – Phra That Phanom chedi, Amphoe That Phanom, Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand., Public Domain, Wikimedia
Last week we gathered all our classes together again for a special lesson exploring the theme of searching for truth with love. While the week previous was more on “standing up for” truth, this week was more about the “searching” and the different perspectives that people have. Participants were told the story of the blind men and the elephant (which the picture depicts here) — in which a number of blind men came to an elephant. Somebody told them that it was an elephant. The blind men asked, ‘What is the elephant like?’ and they began to touch its body. One of them said: ‘It is like a pillar.’ This blind man had only touched its leg. Another man said, ‘The elephant is like a husking basket.’ This person had only touched its ears. Similarly, he who touched its trunk or its belly talked of it differently.
We talked about how Reality looks different to different people, especially when it comes to matters of religion, and it is good to keep in mind that while it is important to honor our perspective, it is also important to honor that of others. Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Jains, Pagans, Jews, Christians….they all see part of the Truth, like the blind men and the elephant. Let us not limit our understanding of the Great Mystery, and let us not be too quick to judge others.
This week we’ll go back to our regular classrooms. Spirit Play will continue learning about Creation stories from around the world. UU Explorers will continue with the Blake Covenant, this week learning about our heritage of service through the story of 19th-century Unitarian Elizabeth Blackwell, who became a physician in order to help others heal. We will discover our faith heritage of perseverance, hope, and giving. Blackwell became the first woman doctor in the United States—one of the pioneering Unitarians and Universalists who heeded a calling to help others despite societal obstacles and personal hardships.
Breakfast Club will meet in the library.
Nursery Care will be provided.