This week was our children and youth Listening Circles. I am so grateful to be part of a community that values our young people so much and includes them in important community matters in an age-appropriate way!

Roots Class (k-2nd) w/Marie:
Today we heard each other’s rose and thorns, and held our version of a listening circle together as part of the congregational response to Rev Sarah’s departure. The children have questions about will we get a new minister. I explained that members of the church will take turns doing different parts of what a minister does- like speaking in the service, being there for each other to listen and support each other, and to be teachers to each other about taking care of our hearts and our spirits. This is something we do as a community and are good at doing. We remember and miss Rev Brian. If he picked you up it was very high because he is so tall! And he is very good at talking to children, we think. So those are important parts of being a minister. 

Today’s story is It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr. 

Seedlings (3rd-5th) w/Piaf & Wildflower Youth (Middle & High School) w/Solveij:

This week we were led by Kristen and Jared in a Listening Circle about our Wildflower Community’s challenges as well as our hopes and wishes for its future. I so appreciated hearing the thoughtful, kind, and honest contributions of each of our participants! Our church has many strengths and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.