For our summer Religious Education program, the kids in RE selected Create a Country. Yes, they selected the summer program – this is part of the Children’s Annual Meeting here. The author of this curriculum, or rather “simulation”, gives a barebones outline for how to do this with a group of middle schoolers. I wanted to do it with an All Ages (but for practical purposes at our church in the summer that means preschool-6th grade) class, so I’ve adapted it a lot.
Today was the second class, and we wrote a “Declaration of Independence” at each service. It was so much fun to hear what the kids thought was wrong with the country as it is!
We, the children of the UU church, do not want to live in the United States anymore. These are our least favorite things about the U.S.:
1. Parents Make Us Eat Vegetables
2. Unfair Jail Rules and Too Many People in Jail
3. Capital Punishment and Executing People
5. Obama Didn’t Answer my Letter and All I got was a Form Reply
6. Government Doesn’t care About Us Kids
7. Not Enough Polka Dot Walls
8. We Don’t Want to Be at War Anymore
And that is why we are declaring independence.
We, the people of the UU church, declare that we aren’t active enough and need to be more active. We sit too much and eat too many hot dogs, and that is not right. And we pledge to peace and community. We need to share food, and put less sugar in our food. We pledge to be less spoiled. And we want more polka dot walls and pokemon and Hello Kitty. Small crimes do not deserve the punishment of prison. We must not have racism because it is a horrible thing that discriminates against equal rights. Discrimination based on religion is horrible and we should not do it. Gay and Lesbian people should be equal to straight people. Lastly, nothing is worth killing and the death penalty should be erased.
There was debate on different points, and a few times it was settled by majority vote. We had volunteers read our Declarations for a video which will be shown in a worship service at the end of the summer, when the new “countries” we create will be the topic of the service. I’m really enjoying this program so far!