Faith Development over the Summer

Faith Development over the Summer 

“In the mind of the beginner there are many possibilities, in the mind of the expert there are few.” (Shunyru Suzuki)

Religious Education ends on June 16 and summer childcare starts the following week, every Sunday from 10-11.
joel bader 478853 unsplashYou can spend the summer celebrating the UU principles and traditions with your family. Use these ideas to help you embrace your UU identity together. Let it be a guide to inspire you!

Summer Chalice
If you don't already have a chalice in your home, create one out materials you already have in your home. What are the pieces of a chalice that make it important? Do some research and discuss as a family why the chalice and flame is the symbol of our faith. Does knowing that history make lighting the chalice each Sunday at church more meaningful? Why or why not?
Activity: Choose a night each week to light the chalice before dinner. Take turns choosing quotes to share with the chalice lighting.

Here are some quotes to choose from:

  • We light this candle to remind ourselves to treat all people kindly because they are our brothers and sisters. ~Anonymous  
  • We light our flaming chalice today for the place of quietness and holiness within each of us, and for whatever helps us to feel peaceful inside. ~Ann Fields & Joan Goodwin

Table Grace
Bring ritual to your meals together. Start a meal with a table grace. 

Here are some graces to choose from:

  • Earth, who gives to us this food, Sun, who makes it ripe and good, Dear Earth, dear Sun, by you we live. To you our loving thanks we give. ~Anonymous
  • Goddess, bless this food you have given me. Let it be filled with your divine energy so that I will be healthy and live a long and happy life. Goddess bless! Blessed be! ~Sirona Knight  
  • Loving Spirit, be our guest, dine with us, share our bread, that our table might be blessed and our souls be fed. ~Gary Kowalski

Reading Together
Choose a book as a family that you will read together over the course of the summer. How did you choose this book, and why? Who, in your family, chose it?  As you read the book together, consider which UU principles come up in the book. Discuss what you learn about the principles and how the lessons from the book inform your lives.

Book Suggestions:

  • Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanha Lai
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • Dexter the Tough by Margaret P. Haddix

Environmental Awareness and Stewardship
Discuss the 7th principle, Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,  and what it means to each of you.

Activities: Start a notebook for your summer outdoor activities. Use sketches, writing, or collected objects to remember those moments you felt closest to nature
Take a walk through your neighborhood. What do you notice? What do you wonder about? What trash can you pick up for your community?