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Religious Education May 14th

Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Spirit Play will hear the story of Maria Mitchell, a nineteenth century Unitarian who became the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer. She received a gold medal from the King of Denmark for discovering a comet. They will wonder about the great things that women do and what the stars may have to teach them, too, on Mother’s Day.

UU Explorers will explore the significance of gratitude, learn a gratitude meditation, and then put that energy towards our mothers on this special day.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education May 7th

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Humor in Art – By Margret Hofheinz-Döring/ Galerie Brigitte Mauch Göppingen, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia

Spirit Play will look towards our 7th principle as we celebrate May Day and wonder about our place in the interdependent web of life and how best to care for the earth.

UU Explorers will continue with their Toolbox of Faith and look at humor as a tool of our faith tradition, using the metaphor of sandpaper. Sandpaper symbolizes humor in that it is a tool which smooths the rough edges of life. In this session, participants will engage in and reflect on humor and laughter, and examine their place in helping us survive and enjoy the life we are given. Humor can be an affirmation of life and a source of inner spiritual strength that helps us connect to others and look honestly at ourselves. The children will also examine the difference between humor that is cruel — such as jokes based on stereotypes — and humor that opens us up to healing laughter. Humor can heal when we laugh with others, and can harm when we laugh at others.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education April 30th

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Peripitus (Own work), Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Play and UU Explorers will join together this Sunday for a special children’s chapel lesson around the ancient festival of Beltane, otherwise known as May Day — a celebration of Spring. Participants will learn about the meaning of the festival and celebrate a little together through a fun ritual and craft project.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education April 23rd

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Globetrotter19 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Play will learn about our place in the interdependent web of life through the story of “I Love You Sun, I Love You Moon”. They will wonder about what it means to love the Earth, and whether the Earth might also love us!

Unitarian Universalism looks to the direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life. UU Explorers will look at the paintbrush as a symbol of personal expression for our inner life and thoughts. We will reflect on the various means for personal expression, such as painting, writing, music, and theater. We will hear about the many ways that people have expressed themselves through time, from cave painting to modern dance. We will explore hands-on and talk about media we might like to use as a tool for our own personal expression.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

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Religious Education – Easter Sunday

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Gerbil – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, WikiMedia

Don’t forgot to bring in your canned goods on Easter Sunday! We are conducting a food drive for Easter Sunday, that will be donated to Open Table Food Pantry of Concord and Maynard.

After beginning in the Sanctuary, Religious Education Sunday will move all together to the Commons for Children’s Chapel with an Easter message and then, instead of the traditional egg hunt, the children will have the opportunity to look for the canned goods (outside weather permitting) and then all will be brought to the Food Pantry.

Please bring the cans in by 10am Easter Sunday and leave them in the boxes in the hallway outside the Sanctuary before the service.

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