Here’s one of my favorite Symphony of Science videos!
Yesterday I attended the annual Spirit Play conference and got to see a presentation by Jennifer Morgan, the author of the Born with a Bang trilogy of books. I love these books, and have used them as the spine for a week long Chalice Camp I’ve offered twice for my congregation. Just meeting an author I admire is exciting enough, but Jennifer was also a very inspirational storyteller and advocate for cosmic education.
What is cosmic education, you ask? It is an idea that Maria Montessori developed toward the end of her life, to give children the story that science is telling – the context that we exist as a part of an evolving universe.
How does cosmic education fit in with religious education in a Unitarian Universalist context? Well, for one thing this story of an evolving universe is the story that science is telling us and science, reason, and humanism form one of our Six Sources of inspiration. And it is an inspiring story, a story that reveals our interconnected relationships not just to all other humans, but to all life on our planet and ultimately to all that forms the universe. This is a story that calls us to respect all of creation, to see ourselves within a larger context, and to see the big picture of time (which seems to be the foundation of ultimate optimism to me).
I got a great dose of inspiration yesterday, and I am so thrilled that I get to do this work with children!