May 2019

Dear Families,  Happy Spring to you!  There is so much going on at First Unitarian!  On Easter Sunday, April 21, we will have the traditional Easter egg hunt put on by our high school youth group.  Gather on the back patio and the hunt will begin promptly at 10:40 am!  During the service, the Flower Communion will also be celebrated.  Children and youth will start in the service, be sung out for a short Children’s Chapel led by Tracy Beck and then will return to the service to participate in the Flower Communion.  Sunday, May 19th will be our last Sunday for age level classes at our 9:15 am Service.  (Spirit Play, Harry Potter and UU and The Gospel According to the Simpsons)  Summer all ages programming will begin Sunday, May 26th with classes at both 9:15 and 11 am.  On Sunday, May 26th, we will go to one service at 10 am and one All Ages Faith Formation class at that time.

As we wind down the church year, we have some celebrating to do!  Sunday, May 12 will be the Sunday of our Coming of Age service.  Our 8th grade youth participating in Coming of Age this year, with some help from their mentors and facilitators, will lead the service and the youth will each share their statements of faith.  Sunday, May 19th graduating high school seniors will be recognized in the service.  Please contact Tracy Beck at tbeck@ucdsm.org if your graduate would like to be recognized.  We will conclude another fun year of Wednesday night programming on Wednesday, May 15th

Sincerely, Tracy Beck

 

“What does it mean to be a family of Curiosity?”

With Your Kids

(Ideas to engage Journey as a Family)

 

Family Rituals

From Tapestry of Faith, Faithful Journeys, Taking It Home

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session9/132491.shtml

 

Share Curiosity

Gather as a family before an evening meal. Have each member of the family name something they are curious about or something they learned that day. If you like, light candles as you share. Consider saying candle-lighting words that affirm asking questions, for example, “We give thanks for our curiosity and the answers it brings.” Avoid editing or answering one another’s questions, correcting information, or exchanging dialogue until everyone has shared. Where possible, provide resources and encourage family members to seek answers themselves. It is okay to validate questioning as a process that is as important, if not more important than, determining answers. (To keep this activity popular, avoid pressuring family members to do research every time a “wondering” is shared.)

 

Attention to Curiosity

Pay extra attention to times when your child asks questions, shows curiosity, or otherwise actively seeks to learn. Point out instances of your child acting faithfully in a way that affirms or promotes a free and responsible search for truth and meaning our  — their own search, or others’.

 

Stories To Read Together

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Family Fletcher Series)

by Dana Alison Levy  (Author)

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Misadventures-Family-Fletcher/dp/0385376553/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550764198&sr=1-1&keywords=the+family+fletcher

“Follow the lives of the four Fletcher boys, Sam, Jax, Eli, and Frog and their two Dads (the kids are all adopted) over the course of a school year. Each boy struggles with his own hurdles, from finding new interests, to difficulty with friends, to trying out a new school, but it all blends together perfectly in a show of everyday family life.” – review

 

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story

by Reem Faruqi  (Author), Lea Lyon (Illustrator)

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Lailahs-Lunchbox-Ramadan-Reem-Faruqi/dp/0884484319/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1550790291&sr=1-1&keywords=lailahs+lunchbox

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBslngZwZ9A

 

Family Journeys

From Tapestry of Faith, Faithful Journeys, Taking It Home

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session9/132491.shtml

 

Choose a topic that interests family members or a question you would like to have answered. Spend an evening in a library or online, learning everything you can about it. Challenge each person to learn at least one new thing (or five, if you are ambitious).

 

Family Games for Curiosity

I Spy

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m344VlHbmXM

 

Twenty Questions

One person thinks of a person, place or thing, and the others try to guess by asking questions that can be answered yes or no. For example: “Is this a person?” / “Is the person alive?” / “Is it a character from a book?” / “Is it a man?” If someone guesses correctly before twenty questions have been asked and answered, it is their turn to think of a person, place, or thing for others to guess.

 

Family Movie Night Ideas

Peep and the Big Wild World (3 ten-minute episodes for Preschoolers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkzNuEQhUs

And a ton of other YouTube Videos to share such as:

Peep and the Big Wild World: A Peep of a Different Color
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKdqzvQDtvM

Peep’s Moon Mission narrated by Joan Cusak
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdj8lPvW0rc

 

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/beauty-and-the-beast-2017

 

“…the story encourages viewers to look beyond the superficial and to be compassionate, curious, humble, and generous. Director Bill Condon took care to make sure that this version had diverse supporting characters, including a gay LeFou (Josh Gad) — Gaston’s sidekick, who briefly dances with a man — and people of color not represented in the animated version.” – Common Sense Media

 

 

For You

(Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)

 

The Problem with Curious George/Raising Race Conscious Children

A parent negotiates a reading of Curious George with her 3-year-old through the lens of racism.
http://www.raceconscious.org/2015/10/the-problem-with-curious-george/

 

I Wonder: Tools to Inspire Curiosity, Reflection, and Empathy in Kids

From the “Doing Good Together” website
https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/i-wonder

 

There’s No Good Mother’s Day card for a not-good mother
https://www.salon.com/2018/05/07/theres-no-good-mothers-day-card-for-a-not-good-mother/

The author is curious about what to do for her own and any mother who isn’t a good fit for the butterflies and schmaltzy sentiments for Mother’s Day.

 

Don’t Shy Away from Ignorance – use it to better yourself. TED TALK
https://www.ted.com/talks/laura_fox_don_t_shy_away_from_ignorance_use_it_to_better_yourself#t-301666

Becoming familiar with “I Don’t Know” as the start of an adventure.  Value questions and curiosity to transform a family, making ignorance a catalyst for change.

 

May Dates of Importance

Wednesday, May 1 Wednesday Night Programming – Candidating Week!

Sunday, May 5 Faith Formation 9:15 and 11 am  YRUU 6 pm

Wednesday, May 8 Wednesday Night Programming

Sunday, May 12 Coming of Age Service  Faith Formation Classes for Preschool – Grade 3 only at 9:15 and 11 am

Wednesday, May 15 Last Night for Wednesday Night Programming for the Church Year

Sunday, May 19 High School Seniors Recognized in Service    Faith Formation 9:15 and 11 am (Last Sunday for Age Level Classes)    YRUU 6 pm

Sunday, May 26  All Ages Summer Faith Formation 10 am only (First Week)   No YRUU