September 2018

Dear Families You are Invited!

Your UU Children, Faith Formation Expectations, Love and Logic!

Sunday, September 9, 10:15 – 11 am in Channing Hall

with First Unitarian member and public school teacher Chelsea Hayes and Director of Religious Education Tracy Beck
Everyone is invited to come together to hear about both Sunday and Wednesday night programming and to learn from educator and member Chelsea Hayes about using Love and Logic as a management tool in the church and also in your Unitarian Universalist home. Families will be provided with expectations for Sunday and Wednesday night programming.


Sincerely, with gratitude,

Tracy Beck, Director of Religious Education

Many thanks and much gratitude to:

– All of the group and volunteers who have been painting rooms downstairs! They look beautiful!
Elaine Imlau – thank you for helping to create the new Soul Matters bulletin board
Harvey Harrison and Emily Alberhasky for attending Our Whole Lives training this summer!
Chelsea Hayes for putting planning and leading the event for Faith Formation Facilitators and Families based on Love and Logic Curriculum on Sunday, September 9th!
Meg Notch and other Faith Formation Ministry Team members for all they helped with while I was out with my broken clavicle. Team members also include: Anne Stamper, Chelsea Hayes, Judy Walden and Janine Choudhury and also helping, Lisa Houchins and Sally Boeckholt.

Dates of Importance

Sunday, September 2

  • Last Sunday for Summer Programming at 10 am

Sunday, September 9

  • Service for All Ages – 9:15 and 11 am No Faith Formation Classes
  • High School Youth Group Parent Meeting, 5 pm
  • High School Youth Group, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, September 12

  • Our Whole Lives Grade 7 Parent Meeting, 6-7:30 pm
  • Coming of Age Kick Off Potluck, 6-8 pm

Sunday, September 16

  • New Faith Formation Classes at 9:15 and 11 am
  • High School Youth Group 6-8 pm

Wednesday, September 19

  • Wednesday Night Kick Off Potluck

Sunday, September 23

  • Faith Formation Classes, 9:15 and 11 am
  • High School Youth Group, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, September 26

  • Wednesday Night Classes Begin

Sunday, September 30

  • Faith Formation Classes, 9:15 and 11 am
  • High School Youth Group, 6-8 pm

What does it Mean to be a Family of Vision?

These resources support families as you try to live out and engage Soul Matters themes with your children. We can ask “What does it mean to be a parent of vision” or “What does it mean to be a family of vision?”


TED talk: World Peace Game with John Hunter

Resources for Visioning
Dream Big Book for Kids

Create a Vision Board using this personalized book as a guide. ($$)
Watch this video for a DIY version

Creating a Center-Peace
Your children may enjoy being asked to make this very special contribution to the family meal. Don’t wait for special holidays to set the table in a sacred manner.


World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
by John Hunter (Author)

“In John Hunter’s classroom, students fearlessly tackle global problems and discover surprising solutions by playing his groundbreaking World Peace Game. These kids—from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well-funded and under resourced—take on the roles of politicians, tribal leaders, diplomats, bankers, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve dozens of complex, seemingly intractable real-world challenges, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare, financial collapse to climate change. In World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, Hunter shares the wisdom he’s gleaned from over thirty years teaching the World Peace Game.” – Amazon


Back to School Rituals – a vision for a family spirituality

Getty ready for school is more than shopping for supplies.

Celebrating John Murray Day (Sept. 30)

Ideas for families for telling the story of the founder of Universalism in America and the vision of a loving God.

NPR: The Key to Raising Happy Kids
William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.

Helping your children find their own vision for their lives.

Learning to Raise Lifelong UU’s
UU World Article by Barbara Wells Ten Hove

“But I have a vision that soon, when a UU group is asked to show how many were raised UU, more than half will lift up their hands in joy—no longer strangers but companions on a shared journey of building a better world.”

Do You Have to be an Activist to be a Unitarian Universalist?

Six leaders reflect on activism and religious identity in a racially and politically charged era.


World Peace Game

“World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements is a one-hour documentary on John Hunter, a fourth-grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia and his students as they participate in Hunter’s remarkable educational exercise the World Peace Game. The film has played in festivals around the world, has been broadcast in several countries and was aired to over 85% of the US on public television between 2012-2014. It also supports Hunter’s World Peace Game Foundation work, and has had special screenings at the Pentagon, the United Nations, the Aspen Institute’s Ideas Festivals, and several universities, educational conferences and schools throughout the world.” – Vimeo

Field of Dreams (PG)
Baseball film starring Kevin Costner
“Families can talk about dreams. How do you know when to follow a vision that seems crazy or foolish? What thoughts go into weighing the risks of certain choices? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?” – Common Sense Media review

Dream Big; Engineering Our World

“Parents need to know that Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a 42-minute STEM-themed IMAX documentary about how engineers are responsible for important technological innovations that propel us into the future. The film highlights working engineers from different backgrounds, most of them women. They work on a variety of projects, from building earthquake-proof structures to foot bridges in developing countries. Viewers will also meet a young engineer whose love of STEM began in an after-school robotics club. The documentary — which is narrated by Jeff Bridges and was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by the Bechtel Corporation — encourages young viewers to be curious, see how pivotal engineering is to the future, and understand why the world needs more engineers.” – Common Sense Media