Faith Formation Focus

Our Preschool Class

In November, the RE preschool lessons, activities and books will highlight things we are glad for (thankful for): changing seasons, light/dark, and family celebrations (Thanksgiving). The children will make a “thank you” to share, learn the song, “The Little Leaves are Whirling ‘Round…,” and explore our homemade sleepy cave. One of the books will be:  “Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud” by Plourde and Schoenherr. It is a light story about a family’s travails in traveling together.

You may hear your child singing the refrain, “Go Now in Peace.” We close each class in a circle by singing together, “Go Now in Peace; Go Now in Peace; In Every Way, Every Day.”

With Kindness,

Susan and Tim

 

“Soul Matters”

For K-5 Grades

Our theme this month is, “What does it mean to be a people of MEMORY?” According to editor, Katie Covey, “To be a people of memory is to find the stories that haven’t been told and to tell them and understand them.” We will explore the African theme of Sankofa. This symbol is a reminder to tell the stories that are missing from our history. We will continue to have crafts, as well as fun games and activities.

 

“Popcorn Theology”

For Middle/High School

The featured videos this month are “Traitor”, “Hunger Games”, and “Million Dollar Baby”. As always, there will be time for great conversation and cool activities!

 

Intergenerational Interfaith Service – December 9

All of the children and youth of UUCB are invited to participate in an interfaith celebration service on December 9. We will be learning songs and stories from five faith traditions that we will share during the service. You will be hearing more about this as the kids begin to learn their parts. No one is required to participate, but it should be a lot of fun, so I hope you do!

 

Volunteering In Our Classes

Our K-5 class and Middle/High School class are in need of volunteers to join us on Sunday morning. We could use a few more teachers and also occasional volunteers. Please email or call Rev. Dana Lightsey:  secondministeruucb@gmail.com  (970)590-6978.

 

Hiring Nursery Care Providers

We are hiring a few paid back-up nursery care providers. This can be a qualified teen or a qualified adult. Our usual providers need a break from time to time and we need help for special meetings and events. Please contact Rev. Dana Lightsey (secondministeruucb@gmail.com  (970) 590-6978) if you are interested and please feel free to pass this along to anyone outside of the church. Thank you!

 

Dana’s Reflections on the Parliament of World Religions

I will be attending the Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada Nov. 1-Nov. 6. I went to the Parliament of World Religions for the first time in 2015 in Salt Lake City when around 10,000 people attended. I went to countless presentations, workshops, and concerts. I had meals with people from all over the world that I had just met. I participated in a concert and presentation with the head of our Sufi Order, Pir Shabda Kahn. I heard statements I agreed with and some that I didn’t. But mostly, I heard compelling stories from people about their life experience from all over the world. This had a powerful impact on me. It changed my perspective and view of the world because I heard directly from individuals speaking about their personal experiences of injustice, oppression, the impact of climate change,  as well as new, exciting developments for change and transformation.

I’ll be honest, I’m worried about the future of this country and the future of this planet. I need to find inspiration that keeps me going and bolsters my belief that the world and the human race can be saved from great suffering and destruction. At Parliament, good, kind, and generous people from all over the world come together to share ideas, to express their concerns, to listen to each other, and, most importantly, to build connections and relationships. People come with the intention of honoring each other’s traditions, recognizing that each person’s religious beliefs, however different they may be, are what guide them to be good and caring people. And, people come with the intention of finding common ground to affect meaningful change in the world that so desperately needs people to come together.

We live in a world of division and polarization and this seems to be increasing year by year. The promise of interfaith work is the power to break down this divisiveness and bring people together in a way that allows us to work toward solutions for the real and serious problems of this planet. In the words of interfaith leader, Eboo Patel, “I thought about the meaning of pluralism in a world where the forces that seek to divide us are strong. I came to one conclusion: We have to save each other. It’s the only way to save ourselves.”

Of all the issues our world is facing, there is one that permeates all of the others – the mounting polarization of right and left.  In my opinion, this is the most important issue of our time that must be addressed if we hope to make the urgent and important changes our world needs. It is time for all of us to examine the ways we keep polarization in place and how we can work to deconstruct it. This is interfaith work at its best.

In the words of the great 16th century Unitarian theologian, Ferenc (Francis) Dávid, “We need not think alike to love alike.” The power of love must stir deep enough within us, from endless sources of inspiration and traditions that we finally manage to come together to save each other. This is the primary reason I, and thousands of others, attend the Parliament. I’ll do all I can to share my experience with you.

In faith & love,

Rev. Dana Lightsey