Tuesday, September 23, 2014

We Covenant Together

While covenant is also important in Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, the covenant that Unitarian Universalists share is the one we make with one another, not with God. As Unitarian Universalists, we belong to a covenanted community of people and congregations who make commitments to certain agreed-upon values — our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. In 1960, Unitarians and Universalists discussed, debated and compromised to articulate six Principles which members of both faiths could covenant together to affirm and promote as Unitarian Universalists.
It may help children understand "covenant" if we use the word interchangeably with "agreement" or "promise." In our younger classes, we refer to "promises" instead of "principles".
(adapted from Wonderful Welcome, a Tapestry of Faith program)

Here are photos of the covenants our young people have created for their classes this year. 

For more thoughts on being together in covenanted relationship, click here to read this month's post by Rev. Meg Riley of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

If I Were a Founder

Our youth will be visiting other houses of worship, as part of their study of other religions this year. For our next session, youth were asked to imagine they were the founder of a religious group, and to consider the following questions:

If I were helping to found a religious group with others whom I like to be with, I would want us to celebrate or honor . . . .

I would want us to meet . . . .(where?)

When (day of the week, frequency?)

Two things we would do are . . .

Something we would never do is . . .

The most important thing about us would be . . .


Because we are all co-creators of our faith, I invite you to consider these questions as well.  What is special to you about our faith, and what would you do to shape it if you could?

Introducing . . . The Trail Blazers!

Our newest class, a group of 2nd and 3rd graders, voted on a name for themselves last Sunday.  They were looking for a name that fit in with the theme of our other groups--Discovery, Treasure Hunters, and Explorers.  

And here is their new classroom--still awaiting some finishing touches, but mostly ready for the year ahead!  Welcome Trail Blazers!