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Weekly Lessons in Children's Religious Education Classes 

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Curriculum: Treasure Hunting

Our PK and Kinder students will hunt for the treasure as a metaphor for the search for truth and meaning.  They will explore issues that children face in their daily lives, the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and the importance of an accepting and caring community.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: Our Problem Solving Ability

Last week we read Elizabeth McCrary's "I'm Mad," where the children made their own decisions for the characters who confront difficult situations which make them mad. Children also talked about solving life's puzzles, played challenging games, and made puzzles of their own! PK-K children took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Our Neighbors

This week we will read the story "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting, a story about a boy who who lives with his father at an airport terminal.  It reminds us that people who are homeless are not "others" but very much like us. Please have your child bring a spare toiletry item (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.) to give to our homeless kit toiletry drive for class this Sunday.

First & Second Grades

Curriculum: Faithful Journeys

First and Second Graders will be welcomed as faithful travelers. They will learn how beliefs about what is right and fair connect with actions people can take to express their beliefs. They are guided to begin forming concepts of faith and faith in action.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: Be Fair

The children talked about inclusion and exclusion while studying the story of Fannie Barrier Williams and her fight for justice for women and people of color.  Children also created their own Faithful Journeys action club. They had the opportunity to decide how they could create fairness for others in the greater community. 1st and 2nd grade children also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Finding Balance

This week - "Finding Balance" - This session explores the second Unitarian Universalist Principle, justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships. Children will discover how, by finding balance in their own lives, they can promote equity across the interdependent web of life. They will experience sharing resources and finding enjoyment with only a few material possessions.

Third & Fourth Grades

Curriculum: Signs of our Faith

Signs of Our Faith guides our children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents traits and values that most Unitarian Universalists love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: We Lead

Students learned about leadership, played follow the leader, identified leaders at UUSM, and enjoyed a visit from Rev. Ben to see some of his stoles to understand their symbolic significance! They also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Seeking Knowledge

Children will discover there can be multiple answers to big questions. They’ll learn that to seek and evaluate answers to big questions is a sign of UU faith. They’ll also experience prayer or mediation, the ritual of this session, as a way of seeking answers within and a way to articulate and feel their own appreciation, gratitude, wishes, and hopes. Students will receive their stoles and earn their first patch.

5th & 6th Grades

Curriculum: Sing to the Power

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Children experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: The Power of Presence

The power of air is the power of openness, presence, and silent witness. Participants heard the story of a Unitarian Universalist who met public hatred by organizing a group to stand witness wearing giant angel wings that blocked the view of offensive signs. Although we tend to think of expressing power in terms of "doing"—pushing and acting—sometimes we express power most effectively by simply being present and bearing witness. Participants played a game in which they tried to sense the presence of another. Students discussed the practice of prayer and holding someone in our thoughts. They also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: The Power of Listening

Sometimes we express our power most effectively with focused, open-hearted listening. The power of air is the power of listening, of not only hearing what others have to say but also factoring their experience into our world views and choices. Participants will hear the story of Unitarian Universalist minister Don Robinson, who partnered with community leaders in Washington, D.C.'s inner city to create Beacon House Community Ministries, an after-school program that responds to the needs of children and youth.

 

 

 

Weekly Lessons in Children's Religious Education Classes

Pre-K & Kindergarten

Curriculum: Treasure Hunting

Our PK and Kinder students will hunt for the treasure as a metaphor for the search for truth and meaning.  They will explore issues that children face in their daily lives, the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and the importance of an accepting and caring community.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: Our Problem Solving Ability

Last week we read Elizabeth McCrary's "I'm Mad," where the children made their own decisions for the characters who confront difficult situations which make them mad. Children also talked about solving life's puzzles, played challenging games, and made puzzles of their own! PK-K children took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Our Neighbors

This week we will read the story "Fly Away Home" by Eve Bunting, a story about a boy who who lives with his father at an airport terminal.  It reminds us that people who are homeless are not "others" but very much like us. Please have your child bring a spare toiletry item (toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.) to give to our homeless kit toiletry drive for class this Sunday.

First & Second Grades

Curriculum: Faithful Journeys

First and Second Graders will be welcomed as faithful travelers. They will learn how beliefs about what is right and fair connect with actions people can take to express their beliefs. They are guided to begin forming concepts of faith and faith in action.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: Be Fair

The children talked about inclusion and exclusion while studying the story of Fannie Barrier Williams and her fight for justice for women and people of color.  Children also created their own Faithful Journeys action club. They had the opportunity to decide how they could create fairness for others in the greater community. 1st and 2nd grade children also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Finding Balance

This week - "Finding Balance" - This session explores the second Unitarian Universalist Principle, justice, equity, and compassion in human relationships. Children will discover how, by finding balance in their own lives, they can promote equity across the interdependent web of life. They will experience sharing resources and finding enjoyment with only a few material possessions.

Third & Fourth Grades

Curriculum: Signs of our Faith

Signs of Our Faith guides our children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents traits and values that most Unitarian Universalists love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness. Children examine how their lives do and can exhibit these traits and values, and come to understand that their faith is a living faith whose histories and teachings are fortifications for living faithfully in a complex world.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: We Lead

Students learned about leadership, played follow the leader, identified leaders at UUSM, and enjoyed a visit from Rev. Ben to see some of his stoles to understand their symbolic significance! They also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!

This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: Seeking Knowledge

Children will discover there can be multiple answers to big questions. They’ll learn that to seek and evaluate answers to big questions is a sign of UU faith. They’ll also experience prayer or mediation, the ritual of this session, as a way of seeking answers within and a way to articulate and feel their own appreciation, gratitude, wishes, and hopes. Finally students will receive their stoles and earn their first patch.

5th & 6th Grades

Curriculum: Sing to the Power

Sing to the Power affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Children experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

Last Sunday (10/8/17) Session 4: The Power of Presence

The power of air is the power of openness, presence, and silent witness. Participants heard the story of a Unitarian Universalist who met public hatred by organizing a group to stand witness wearing giant angel wings that blocked the view of offensive signs. Although we tend to think of expressing power in terms of "doing"—pushing and acting—sometimes we express power most effectively by simply being present and bearing witness. Participants played a game in which they tried to sense the presence of another. Students discussed the practice of prayer and holding someone in our thoughts. They also took a tour with Richard McCluney, of the capital campaign, to learn more about what their future church campus will look like!


This Sunday (10/15/17) Session 5: The Power of Listening

Sometimes we express our power most effectively with focused, open-hearted listening. The power of air is the power of listening, of not only hearing what others have to say but also factoring their experience into our world views and choices. Participants will hear the story of Unitarian Universalist minister Don Robinson, who partnered with community leaders in Washington, D.C.'s inner city to create Beacon House Community Ministries, an after-school program that responds to the needs of children and youth.