Roots Class (pre-K to 1st grade) with Marie:
Continuing our thinking together about symbols, today we heard the story of the Unitarians and the Universalists coming together and adding to the chalice symbol the Unitarian service committee began using during World War two. There are many ways to represent a chalice but when we look carefully on our hymnals, church pamphlets, and the order of service you’ll see the image of two overlapping circles (which we explored using the light circles from two flashlights, experimenting on the walls in our classroom) representing the coming together of the Unitarians and the Universalists, the chalice representing community, and the flame representing spirit. Look very carefully and you can see that the chalice is placed not in the middle but over to the side, reminding us that our Unitarian Universalist faith leaves room for more ideas.
Seedlings Class (2nd to 4th grade) with Piaf:
This week our group met with Libby to discuss the search for a new minister. Children gave their input on what they ‘d like to see in a new minister, and shared why they thought that Wildflower would be a good place for a new minister to join. I heard elements from our 7 principles come up repeatedly, as kids articulated what a good minister means to them. It is so wonderful that this congregation values the viewpoints of every member of the community, including our youngsters. After all that talking and thinking, we got up and played some games to round out our time together!
Wildflower Youth (5th grade & Middle School) with Solveij:
Today, the youth brainstormed ways they’d like to connect with our natural world during their camping trip, including hiking and meditation. They also did a collaborative art project together, painting a piece on canvas for our room.