Roots Class (pre-k to 1st) w/Laura:
This week we watched a video of Common, an activist and rap musician, reading Julius Lester’s book “Let’s Talk about Race.” One of the main components of the book was that if we took off all of our skin, we would all look the same. In order to explore that idea, our activity was to draw our skeletons. We also reviewed our covenant and talked about how we can add new ideas to it whenever we think there is another promise we need to make to each other to help us all feel safe. Then we talked about how our congregation might adopt an 8th principle that would add a new idea to the 7 principles, our Unitarian Universalist covenant. The 8th principle is about diversity and helping to end racism and oppression.
Seedlings Class (2nd to 5th) w/Piaf:
This week we reviewed our UU Principles, including both the 7 that are officially approved, and the 8th Principle, which our congregation will be voting on in December. We did a vocabulary check on three key words that appear in the kid’s version: diversity, racism, oppression. Then we learned about the origins of Indigenous People’s Day and read “We Are Water Protectors.”
We finished with a silly scavenger hunt game and got to know each other better!
Wildflower Youth Group (Middle & High School) w/Solveij:
This week the group continued their discussion of the 8th Principle with a particular focus on how institutional racism and oppression relate to the situation that our unhoused neighbors find themselves in. We explored ways to put our values into action in a variety of ways.