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Religious Education May 21st

Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

This Sunday is our Rites of Passage Sunday! We will honor the growth and commitment that every child in our religious exploration program has made this year with a gift of gratitude and recognition for their participation. We’ll also be celebrating the accomplishments of two cohorts within the grade school program as they cross thresholds that mark unique stages of growth in our children’s journeys, through our First Chalice and new Chrysalis Passage rituals. As we recognize these points of transition in the growth of their moral and spiritual development, we will simultaneously be honoring them as members of our evolving Unitarian Universalist tradition.

After the ceremony, Spirit Play will hear an amazing Onondaga Creation Story about a turtle that holds up the earth. UU Explorers will explore the power within each of us to do good in the world, when we have the courage and conviction to act. Sometimes, when we see injustice, we can feel powerless to change it. We sometimes feel that the real power resides with an authority outside ourselves, such as the government. Yet, in fact we can find our own power and use it for good. This session explores the power to seek truth, the power to question authority or the status quo, the power to speak out against injustice, and the power to band together with others who share our values and goals to make a difference for what is good and just.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

 

I became convinced that non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. No other person has been more eloquent and passionate in getting this idea across than Henry David Thoreau. As a result of his writings and personal witness, we are the heirs of a legacy of creative protest.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Autobiography

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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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5/21 Bohm Dialogue — Your Ultimate Question — and Answer?

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What is your ultimate concern, your ultimate question and answer, the center of your being? Some version of God has been central through human history — what takes the place of God in a secular society? If not God then what?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday May 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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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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