RE Happenings 9/15/21

The theme this month is embracing possibility. 

People sometimes treat each other unfairly. This can make us feel sad and even helpless. But our faith tells us it’s possible to build a better world. It’s possible for each of us to make a difference. Our faith tells us that we have a responsibility to help others feel life is full of possibilities.

 Making a difference can happen in many different ways. For instance, this is a box of colored pencils that can be used to make a sign, draw a mural, or capture a portrait. 

Using colored pencils is one possibility for making a difference and changing the way people look at the world. There are lots of other possibilities. The world needs your voice. It might be through poetry, on a sign, or as a hug. It might be with a marker, a paintbrush, or a song.

Maybe you don’t know what your favorite way of expressing yourself is. If so, you can try out a variety of possibilities until you find the one or two ways which are your favorite. That is part of the fun of embracing possibilities!

Soulful Home

It’s hard to carve out time for faith-full family experiences, so many of us try to weave spiritual exploration into the routine spaces of family life.  Helping parents create this sacred space in their daily lives is what Soulful Home is about.

Through Soulful Home families will have access to a packet at the beginning of each month that is organized around eight distinct family “spaces” with ideas and resources to fill those spaces with UU theme-based exploration. It’s about creating memorable and amazing moments, through a design that is manageable, faithful, and fun!

Here’s an overview of the various family spaces that Soulful Home focuses on:  

The Welcome Mat
This section provides a brief introduction to the theme and how it relates to family life.

At the Table
This section engages the theme through discussion. Questions are designed for a family gathering, perhaps in the sitting room when everyone is together or during a meal. This section strengthens the bonds within a family as members learn more about each other by asking and answering questions.

Around the Neighborhood
This activity engages families with their surroundings through the lens of the theme. Throughout the month, families are asked to keep their eyes open for what might seem like everyday sightings but which can be perceived in new ways through the monthly theme. Trips to the grocery store, walks, and drives make for excellent spaces to conduct these treasure hunts.

From the Mailbox
This section connects families with “special deliveries” from leaders in the field of anti-racism. The goal is to support families as they engage in the work of dismantling white supremacy culture. 

At Play
These activities and questions are a way to joyfully, playfully, and imaginatively experience the monthly themes. Soulful Home offers a brief framework for parents to use to introduce the activity and another to then help one’s family reflect upon it so that the insights learned in play can stay with us throughout the month and beyond.

On The Message Board
This section lifts up a theme-related mantra for your family to carry with them throughout the month. Think of them as tools for the journey that help re-focus and steady us as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.  

At the Bedside
These activities engage the theme through storytelling. This takes place during the dreamy, almost otherworldly hour or so before children or youth drift off to sleep. Through stories and the questions and realizations that they prompt, we come to understand the nature of our world and our unique place in it.

At the Kitchen Sink
This section suggests ways for parents to connect with their co-parents, a close circle of supporters, or both. Perhaps this happens as the dinner dishes are washed and dried or with friends over a cup of tea or coffee. 

The Extra Mile
This section invites families to explore the monthly theme through larger adventures and more complex projects. 

Check out this welcome video that gives an overview from the Soulful Home author Teresa Honey Youngblood: Click Here

Click here for your Soulful Home Packet:  sm_2021-09_sh_embracing_possibilityDownload

2021-2022 Religious Education Registration: We would like the guardians who are planning on their children and youth to participate in the virtual religious education program and in-person events for the 2021-2022 year and those planning on their children to attend only in person Religious Education events to register with our online form here.

Children’s Chalice Chapel begins at 9:45 AM on Sundays and is usually done around 10:15 AM.  Sometimes we go a little longer due to having too much fun.  We are always done in time for the church service at 10:30 AM.    Here is the Zoom link and password to get in.  https://zoom.us/j/474929477?pwd=b2FhT2FwQjFIT29USWp6Y3ZMS25SQT09
Password:  cvuukids 

Paul R. Greggs
Director of Religious Education
757-627-5371

dre@c-vuu.org

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