Monday, August 24, 2015

The Greatest Show on Earth

Today's theme was the circus!  We dressed up in costumes,

tried magic tricks and juggling,

and enjoyed face painting and making balloon animals!

Our guest, P.T. Barnum, grew up in a church where he heard stories about an angry God who wanted to punish people.  At 15, he and his family began attending a Universalist Church.  The God he learned about there forgave rather than punished, and thought that all people deserved to be happy and be valued.  Barnum liked those ideas and became a Universalist for the rest of his life.   He tried to bring excitement and joy to other's lives, and worked to make the world a fairer place.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Love Is Something If You Give it Away

Malvina Reynolds was a Unitarian Universalist singer and songwriter.  Once of her best known songs is "Magic Penny":

Love is something if you give it away,
Give it away, give it away.
Love is something if you give it away,
You end up having more.

We talked about the lyrics of the song magic penny, and watched videos of Malvina performing some of her other songs.   We also made stepping stones as a gift to our church, to be sold at the church auction in October.