“On being released from the expectation of having to do it all…
This is what we are about. We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water the seeds already planted knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing this. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way…We may never see the end results…We are prophets of a future not our own.”
Bishop Ken Untener
This is what a Unitarian Universalist religious education strives to do – plant seeds, nurture them, wait, and hope. We do our best to help our children grow with a sense of our common ideals as expressed in our UU Principles so that they will continue on the way to creating a better world for all. But we must also let go once we have done our best and allow the future to unfold as it will. Our hopes and expectations go with the children.
Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education
RE Calendar, September:
8 – Opening Sunday: Ingathering and Water Communion, whole church worship for all ages. Bring water to add to our bowl and thoughts of expectations for the year.
15 – RE begins, “KidSpace”; New beginnings celebration; we’ll create a mural to showcase our expectations for the year. Followed by Sunday Social for everyone. Bring a harvest dish to share.
22 – “KidSpace”; Expected and unexpected fun; we’ll take a penny hike and play games to experience these two opposite ideas.
29 – “KidSpace”; Rosh Hashana is a time to let go of the past and look forward to the new year. We’ll make “oobleck” to explore the concepts of holding on and letting go and we’ll make special snacks to share at coffee hour.