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Religious Education October 2nd

Last week, Spirit Play learned about the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism in a simplified version called the “Rainbow Promises”, or the Rainbow Path, where each color of the rainbow represents a principle, or promise, we make as Unitarian Universalists. It is a great way to remember them all! This coming Sunday they’ll continue this discussion of the Rainbow Path.

 Red:                Respect All Beings

Orange:          Offer Fair and Kind Treatment to All

Yellow:           Yearn to Accept and Learn about Ourselves, Others and Mystery

Green:            Grow by Exploring What is True and Right in Life

Blue:               Believe in Our Ideas and Act on Them

Indigo:           Insist on Freedom, Justice and Peace for All Beings

Violet:            Value our Home, the Earth, that We Share with All Living Things

By Phillip Medhurst, via Wikimedia Commons

Photograph of Hoet’s depiction of Noah By Phillip Medhurst, via Wikimedia Commons

Last week, our UU Explorers came together to make their own class covenant. First, they heard the story of Noah, and the covenant that God makes with creation following the flood. Then they reflected on the meaning of a covenant and how it is different than just “rules”, and finally used the covenant of James Blake, a Unitarian minister, as a template for their own. This coming Sunday they’ll learn about our heritage from Universalism — those liberal Christians who rejected the concept of an angry, vengeful God in favor of a loving God. This new philosophy shaped the Universalist tradition of love which would give rise to the notion of the inherent worth and dignity of all people and a shared emphasis on encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations, the first and third principles of our faith (or the Red and Yellow promises above). This heritage of love from our Universalist roots shapes our living tradition even today as our communities of faith support one another in love and friendship; these are the primary ties which hold us together.

Love is the spirit of this church,

and service its law.

This is our great covenant:

To dwell together in peace,

To seek the truth in love,

And to help one another. — James Vila Blake (1842-1925), Unitarian minister