A UU Advent Practice?

Advent is the time leading up to Christmas (in the Christian tradition it starts 4 Sundays before Christmas, secularly it starts on Dec. 1st), and there are many ways to celebrate it. Advent candles can be lit. Advent calendars can be purchased, with all sorts of things inside them – candy, Legos, I even saw one for adults this year that had shots of liquor in each window.

But how can you as a UU Family make this part of your UU Identity at home? A bunch of great ideas have come out this year from many talented, dedicated, and generous UU’s.

  1. #UUAdvent is a tumblr and social media practice, but you could also do it on your own. Each day of the 25 days there is a prompt for something for you to give away, practicing both giving and receiving in this season of gifts. It looks lovely!
  2. The Original UU Advent Calendar is a print and build page-a-day rip off calendar that will give you a little snippet of holiday and UU history each day. You can get yours at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxUygIB7AJCVb2tLSE9MZkh0MjA/view
  3. And then there is this idea, to have table topics for family conversation for each day of advent. Thank you to the wonderful faith development program at First Unitarian Church for sharing! Advent2015.tents
  4. And last year I suggested reading a book a day with your children as an Advent practice, and that book list is still available.

 

How will you make this Advent meaningful for you?

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Religious Literacy

Religious symbols

Starting this month, preschool-5th grade Religious Education classes will be introducing the children to stories and concepts from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is part of our Religious Literacy goal, which is also being supported this year for the Middle School group in our Neighboring Faiths program.

Religious Literacy means that you know the basic fact, tenets, and beliefs of all religions. It does not imply that you must accept or believe them yourself – but you should be aware of what these varied beliefs and values are. Religious Literacy is being a good neighbor, able to engage in interfaith dialogue in our diverse and pluralistic world.

Can you pass the religious literacy quiz?  Find out here!

Religious Literacy of ALL the world’s many religions, faiths, philosophies, and world-views is just too large a goal for us to tackle with our younger children in one piece, so I have us working on a three-year rotation:

1. Abrahamic Faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam)

2. Asian Religions (Hinduism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism)

3. Indigenous Traditions and Paganism

This is our year for the Abrahamic Faiths.