Building Trust

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, 'You owe me.' Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. -HāFIZ

I have been pondering our monthly theme, trust, trying to figure out how we develop it in ourselves and with each other. How do we teach children howngaere woodford bender 304101 unsplash to trust themselves, who to trust, and what to do when trust is broken?  Trust is a way that we live our free and responsible search for truth and meaning. As we search and seek alone and in community, we learn what to trust, how to heal when trust is broken, and how to adapt to new situations as they come our way.

The students are at a point in the RE year where they have gotten to know each other, our routines, and rituals. I hope that we have built a sense of trust -- we do not owe each other, but we are growing love and light, as Hafiz says. I was looking at the elementary RE covenant recently and realized that it looks an awful lot like classroom rules, not a covenant or a testament to our spiritual community. We are missing the heart of the document -- the why and what matters. We are at a point to more fully embrace the 7 Principles. I am not sure how we will do it, but I trust that the class will guide the process.