Holidays and Holy Days

As we go into the new church year, we will remain online with virtual small groups, worship, and religious education classes. One of those classes will be for young children and families: Holidays and Holy Days. Join us to explore religious literacy and better understand the world’s religions through holiday celebrations! There will be twice-monthly classes held on Zoom, resource packets that can be picked up from the congregation, and calendars for exploration at home. Join us starting in September!

Holidays and Holy Days Calendar 2020.21

Virtual Summer Camps

 

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Pacific Northwest Virtual UU Summer Camps!

Although all of the UU Congregations in the region and the regional Youth camps are still not gathering in physical person, we have come together to offer many wonderful Virtual offerings. I’m collaborating with religious educators and ministers from Victoria B.C., Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Seattle, and the Tri-Cities to put together some fun online camps. These camps will be attended by kiddos from all our congregations, so it will be a fun chance to meet and make new friends from other congregations!

Camps for Preschool-6th grade this Summer:

Jun 29- July 3 Rainbow Path 7 Principle

July 6 – 10 Animals of PNW

July 13 – 17 Movement & Dance

July 20 – 24 Stories, Improv, and Theater

July 27 – 31 -no camp this week-

August 3 – 7 For the Love of Food!

August 10 – 14 Art & Painting

August 17- 21 Minecraft for Environmental Justice & climate change

All camps are offered as donate what you can (up to $100). To register:

For the first two weeks register at: https://www.ouuc.org/education/chalice-camp/

For the other five weeks Register Here

Children’s Spring Service Project, from home

Childrens Service Project

We have been doing a Spring Service project with our younger kids for the last few years, but of course this year is different with the stay at home orders.

Our service project is to craft toys for cats and dogs that will be donated to the animal shelter. Thanks to the generous donations of some congregants, we have plenty of craft supplies that are being packed into kits that can be dropped off for each child who would like to participate.

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The directions for the projects can be found here.

And we will have a series of zoom calls for those who would like to craft together.

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Then all the toys will be picked up and donated! It’s going to be fun, and it will make some animals happier. To join in, contact our DRE at dre@ouuc.org

Results of the Children’s Annual Meeting Vote

The kids have voted, and we have some choices made for upcoming learning, sharing, and giving!

Childrens Service Project

For a Spring Service Project, the choice was to craft Cat and Dog toys to donate to the animal shelter. We will have supply kits dropped off at children’s homes, and do some Zoom meetings to craft together. Then the DRE will gather up all the finished toys and they will go to the shelter.

Summer RE

The focus of our summer religious education classes will be to learn more about the animals of the Pacific Northwest. We may be doing those classes back in the building again, or we may still be on Zoom! Either way, we are going to have fun and learn a lot about our cousins in the Interdependent Web of Life.

Pandemic Relief

And when we get back to the practice of taking a Childrens Offering on Sunday mornings, the children have chosen that they would like that money to go to helping people affected by the COVID19 Pandemic.

All wonderful results! I’m looking forward to these opportunities to learn, to serve, and to give together.

Create Your Own Chalice Lighting Words

Last week we suggested making your own chalice at home. Now if you have a chalice, you might want some personal chalice lighting words!

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Here are some fill in the blank writing prompts to get you started, but don’t stop there! We would love to see your own words if you care to share, so feel free to post a comment here.

Personalized Family Chalice Lighting Words

Fill in the blanks below to create your own chalice lighting words to use at home.

 

For celebration and gratitude:

 

We light this chalice

To celebrate _______________________

We are a people of __________________

Grateful for ________________________

And together we offer thanks and __________________.

 

For quiet contemplation:

 

In the quiet and darkness

We light this flame of ________________

Symbol of __________________

And sign of our quest for _________________

 

 

Spark from the universe

That connects us to ______________________

This light reminds us to ___________________

As we strive to understand _________________

For connection and prayer

 

May this be a candle of _____________________

As we hold _________________ in our hearts

The warmth of our love goes to _________________

And all are held in the light of love and hope.

 

 

For grief and mourning

 

In our time of grief, we light a flame of _________________.

In our remembering of ____________________, we light a flame of ongoing life.

In this time of sorrow, we light a flame of ____________________.

In our time of difficulty, this flame carries our ______________________.

Making a Chalice at Home

Unitarian Universalists all around the world join together in the practice of lighting a chalice, often to mark the beginning of their worship services. As we move into this time of physical distancing, we invite you all to make your own chalice for use at home. When we gather together for online worship, we will invite everyone to light their own chalice wherever they are.

You can also light your chalice at other times for home spiritual practices. Maybe light a chalice to mark the beginning of a family meal, or light a chalice for your meditation or yoga time.

The history of the Flaming Chalice:

The Story of the Flaming Chalice from Olympia Unitarian Universalist on Vimeo.

 

Building Your Chalice

There are so many ways you can make a chalice! Here are just a few suggestions:

Or just look through your home and see what might stack to make a chalice. Teacup and saucer? Vase and plate? I’m sure you can find something!

Next week:

Writing your own chalice lighting words!

 

March Theme: Wisdom

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Our theme for March is Wisdom, which you can explore at home with some of these resources:

Discussion Questions:

  • What is wisdom? How is it different from knowledge?
  •  What animals do you think of as being very wise? Which do you think of as foolish? Why do you think you have those impressions?
  • Are adults always wiser than kids? Why or why not?

Recommended Stories and Books:

Harmony: A Treasury of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents

Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents

Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents

Katha Sagar: Ocean of Stories: Hindu Wisdom for Every Age

Activities to Do as A Family:

 

Wisdom Candle

What light of wisdom do you wish to be reminded of?

 

Supplies

A tall (11.3 oz) candle, plain white unscented for each person (at Target or Dollar Stores)

Glue sticks

Scissors

Permanent markers

Collage materials such as magazines and print outs

Collect an assortment of quotes, words, pictures for a wisdom collage. Glue them onto the glass candle container.

 

A Wisdom Letter to your future self.

Write a letter to your future self-offering wisdom. Put it in a self-addressed stamped envelope and give it to your advisor or other trusted person to mail in 6 months, or whatever time frame the group decides upon.

 

Wisdom Kite

What wisdom do you wish to lift up into the sky, or hang on your wall?

 

Option #1: A simple activity is building and flying a kite. You can make one for under $1 out of a plastic garbage bag, two dowels, tape and string. Here are the instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-u5Aa3BkCQg For a group, we recommend making some premeasured templates so youth can use them as a guide to cut their bag to the right shape, instead of measuring it

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Option #2: We recommend this “Color a Sled Kite” as “the best ever for youth!” It allows you to design the image yourself, and it flies well in little wind. Order these beforehand @$7.50. https://intothewind.com/kites/foil-sled-kites/color-a-sled-kite.html

P.S. There is an inexpensive small box of crayons provided in the kit. We suggest also using permanent markers on the Tyvek surface of the kite for more satisfying graphics.

Family Challenge:

Take part in the National Day of Unplugging!

https://www.nationaldayofunplugging.com/

 

 

February’s Theme: Resilience

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This month we will explore Resilience in worship, small groups, and our children and youth programs. Here are some resources for you to explore along with us at home!

Recommended Picture Books:

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy

Media:

Five Minute Film Fest: Learning From Failure

Music:

We Shall Overcome

Resilient, by Rising Appalachia

Family Discussion:

  1. Having people to talk to helps us get through hard times. If you were really sad or mad, who’s a person (besides your parents) you’d most like to talk to?
  2. Are you usually willing and able to ask for help when you need it?

January’s Theme: Integrity

This month the theme is “Integrity”. This means the qualities of being Honest, and Dependable, and Whole. For children, it is understood as matching what you do to what you say and to your ideas, and keeping your promises.

We will be tying in Confucius’s Golden Rule and Buddha’s Right Actions as we teach to this theme in class this month. You can connect the theme at home:

Hymn of the Month: #318 “We Would Be One

Recommended Books and Stories: 

The Empty Pot by Demi

The Wise Teacher’s Test

A Pillow Full of Feathers 

Family Discussion Questions

  1. Is it more important to be right, or kind?
  2. Would you rather have friends who are always sure they are right, or who can’t make up their minds?
  3. Whom do you know who always does the right thing?
  4. On a scale from 1 to 10, how easy is it to be honest with your friends?
  5. Who taught you the most about being true to your word, or following through on what you say you’re going to do?
  6. Do you remember your first lie? How did it feel and what did it teach you?
  7. Who in your life is most “themselves”? In other words, who is least afraid to be who they are?
  8. What is one action that is always wrong? What is one action that is always right?
  9. What face do you make when you are about to do something that you know or suspect is wrong?
  10. Around whom in your life are you free to be your most complete self?
  11. How are you different from what other people think of you?
  12. What is one thing you hope is always true about you?
  13. What are the three most important pieces of you?
  14. Where is a place where all of you is accepted, where you don’t have to hide any part of yourself?