RE Children and Youth Resources

Modified on: September 23, 2020


For the week of September 14, 2020:

https://youtu.be/rFRBoP_22lU
Words for Ingathering (from the UUA)

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

The genius of John Lennon, written many years ago, but so much for now.

“Imagine” (John Lennon)

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Winston Lennon
Imagine lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

Social Justice in RE

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/photo-essays/dark-skies?utm_source=Global+Oneness+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=4045ac8085-Dark+Skies&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_484790f1e5-4045ac8085-196570297
Dark Skies photo essay

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of September 21, 2020

 

For the week of September 7, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHACKCNDMW8
Beautiful nature scenery and relaxing music for stress relief

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

“Of History and Hope” (Miller Williams)

We have memorized America,
how it was born and who we have been and where.
In ceremonies and silence we say the words,
telling the stories, singing the old songs.
We like the places they take us. Mostly we do.
The great and all the anonymous dead are there.
We know the sound of all the sounds we brought.
The rich taste of it is on our tongues.
But where are we going to be, and why, and who?
The disenfranchised dead want to know.
We mean to be the people we meant to be,
to keep on going where we meant to go.

But how do we fashion the future? Who can say how
except in the minds of those who will call it Now?
The children. The children. And how does our garden grow?
With waving hands—oh, rarely in a row—
and flowering faces. And brambles, that we can no longer allow.

Who were many people coming together
cannot become one people falling apart.
Who dreamed for every child an even chance
cannot let luck alone turn doorknobs or not.
Whose law was never so much of the hand as the head
cannot let chaos make its way to the heart.
Who have seen learning struggle from teacher to child
cannot let ignorance spread itself like rot.
We know what we have done and what we have said,
and how we have grown, degree by slow degree,
believing ourselves toward all we have tried to become—
just and compassionate, equal, able, and free.

All this in the hands of children, eyes already set
on a land we never can visit—it isn’t there yet—
but looking through their eyes, we can see
what our long gift to them may come to be.
If we can truly remember, they will not forget.

Social Justice

Are You Ready to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

For the week of August 31, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHACKCNDMW8
Beautiful nature scenery and relaxing music for stress relief

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

“Staircase of Faith” from Exit Point: Arrows from a Rebel Heart

We get lost on the lower steps of the staircase
With heavy hearts and tired minds
Jaded souls and eyes that blind
But there is a profusion of potential on that climb
The picture doesn’t unfold all at once
Each step up inspires something newly visible to you
Trust in what is hidden
In the verses of sublime scriptures and skies
And the translucent ties that gently bind
Have faith in what is clouded and unseen
And know that where you are now is where you are meant to be

Social Justice

Water Flows Together (film)
https://www.globalonenessproject.org/library/films/water-flows-together?utm_source=Global+Oneness+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=140645493b-Water+Flows+Together&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_484790f1e5-140645493b-196570297

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of August 31, 2020

For a more detailed list of resources and activities for all ages, follow the above link. Here’s what’s included:

• General Spiritual Resources for Families
• Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength
• Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing
• Lessons for Home Schooling or Virtual School Projects
• Social Justice
• Teaching Tolerance
• Global Oneness Project
• Books about being a good neighbor, a good friend, and showing compassion to others
• Sharing Your Creative Spirit
• Open Library—another e-book library source
• Libby app. This free app will enable you to locate and download lots of library ebooks, etc.
• Highlights connection pages with games, puzzles, jokes. An old standby!
• Inner Child, for all ages and lots of ideas for our littlest UUs (preschool age)
• Videos for All Ages
• Music for All Ages
• Stories From Our Principles
• Stories to share for children and youth, from UU curriculums and sources
• Movies for all ages
• Movies for pre-teens and older
• Zooming opportunities

For the week of August 24, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.uua.org/families/uu-world-family-pages
UU Family Pages

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

“You are like an ocean: quietly ebbing and flowing to the rhythm of life, but wildly expansive and profoundly powerful. You are boundless. You are whole. Your quietness is your strength. Your depth is your advantage.” Aletheia Luna

Social Justice

UUA’s Growing Young Justice Makers
https://www.uua.org/families/justice/race-class-and-other-complexities
Race, Class, and Other Complexities

For the week of August 17, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvvMgujD4i8
Why Ethnic Studies Matters

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

IN LAK’ECH: YOU ARE MY OTHER ME
by Luís Valdez and Domingo Martinez Paredes

Luís Valdez, regarded as the father of Chicano theater, is a playwright, writer, film director, and founder of El Teatro Campesino, a farm workers’ theater troupe. The late Domingo Martinez Paredes was a professor at the National University of Mexico in the 1970s and the author of several books on Mayan thought and culture.

In Lak’ech
Tú eres mi otro yo.
You are my other me.

Si te hago daño a ti,
If I do harm to you,

Me hago daño a mi mismo.
I do harm to myself.

Si te amo y respeto,
If I love and respect you,

Me amo y respeto yo.
I love and respect myself.

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:
Available on Libby
https://libbyapp.com/welcome
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

5K – 2nd grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session1/grumpy-gecko
The Grumpy Gecko

3rd – 5th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session13/162079.shtml
Filling the House

6th – 8thh grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop10/173071.shtml
Clowning for Joy in Haiti

9th – 12th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/chorus/workshop2/173602.shtml
Righteous Among the Nations

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of August 17, 2020

For a more detailed list of resources and activities for all ages, follow the above link. Here’s what’s included:

• General Spiritual Resources for Families
• Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength
• Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing
• Lessons for Home Schooling or Virtual School Projects
• Social Justice
Teaching Tolerance
Global Oneness Project
Books about being a good neighbor, a good friend, and showing compassion to others
• Sharing Your Creative Spirit
• Open Library—another e-book library source
• Libby app. This free app will enable you to locate and download lots of library ebooks, etc.
• Highlights connection pages with games, puzzles, jokes. An old standby!
• Inner Child, for all ages and lots of ideas for our littlest UUs (preschool age)
• Videos for All Ages
• Music for All Ages
• Stories From Our Principles
• Stories to share for children and youth, from UU curriculums and sources
• Movies for all ages
• Movies for pre-teens and older
• Zooming opportunities

For the week of August 10, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.uua.org/families/uu-world-family-pages
UU Family Pages

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

This one’s a classic, but very appropriate in today’s world.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann

Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:
Available on Libby
https://libbyapp.com/welcome
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

5K – 2nd grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session1/grumpy-gecko
The Grumpy Gecko

3rd – 5th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session13/162079.shtml
Filling the House

6th – 8thh grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop10/173071.shtml
Clowning for Joy in Haiti

9th – 12th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/chorus/workshop2/173602.shtml
Righteous Among the Nations

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of August 10, 2020

For a more detailed list of resources and activities for all ages, follow this link.

For the week of August 3, 2020:

Adult Religious Education Opportunities

This is from the Greenville UU Fellowship, adult religious education chair. As part of this time apart, Sybil has been working with other South Carolina religious educators, to share resources and programming. The link to Greenville’s programs is below. There are some things happening through August, but you can sign up to be part of the mailings for events into the fall. Our technological world is allowing us to meet and learn together across the congregational bridges! Here is the link:
http://e90.207.myftpupload.com/adult-religious-exploration/

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.uuworld.org/articles/the-sources-unitarian-universalism
The Sources of Unitarian Universalism

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

This was read by a twelve-year-old youth at the deeply moving memorial service for John Robert Lewis, one of this country’s great heroes. It was one of Lewis’ favorites.

Invictus By William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:
Available on Open Library
https://openlibrary.org
All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

5K – 2nd grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session2/flame-learning
Flame of Learning, Chalice of Love

3rd – 5th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session5/revolution
Joseph Tuckerman’s Revolution

6th – 8thh grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop2/186395.shtml
Lydia Marie Child: Voice for the Oppressed

9th – 12th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop10/recovery-rebuilding-rebirth
Recovery, Rebuilding, and Rebirth of New Orleans

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of August 3, 2020

For the week of July 27, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3DqTS_S1QI&feature=youtu.be
Stories of Impact:  The UUA’s Response to Covid-19 (presented at Virtual General Assembly 2020)

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

Untitled by Kitty O’Meara (2020)

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library https://openlibrary.org
Hello Hello by Miriam Schlein

5K – 2nd-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/welcome/session4/118229.shtml
The Very Short Welcome

3rd – 5th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session10/161994.shtml
Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom

6th – 8th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop4/171812.shtml
On the Trail With No More Deaths

9th – 12th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop8/viola_liuzzo
To Freedom Land

RE Connections for All Ages for Week of July 27, 2020

 

For the week of July 20, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources for Families

https://onbeing.org/blog/a-listening-care-package-for-uncertain-times/
On Being, a spirituality podcast, has put together a “Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times”

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

The Inner History of a Day by John O’Donohue

No one knew the name of this day;
Born quietly from deepest night,
It hid its face in light,
Demanded nothing for itself,
Opened out to offer each of us
A field of brightness that traveled ahead,
Providing in time, ground to hold our footsteps
And the light of thought to show the way.

The mind of the day draws no attention;
It dwells within the silence with elegance
To create a space for all our words,
Drawing us to listen inward and outward.

We seldom notice how each day is a holy place
Where the eucharist of the ordinary happens,
Transforming our broken fragments
Into an eternal continuity that keeps us.

Somewhere in us a dignity presides
That is more gracious than the smallness
That fuels us with fear and force,
A dignity that trusts the form a day takes.

So at the end of this day, we give thanks
For being betrothed to the unknown
And for the secret work
Through which the mind of the day
And the wisdom of the soul become one.

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library https://openlibrary.org
Love Is a Handful of Honey by Giles Andreae

5K – 2nd-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session13/oshun
Oshun Loses Her Beauty

3rd – 5th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session8/power-of-peace
The Power of Peace: Thoreau, Gandhi, and King

6th – 8th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop12/its-up-to-us
It’s Up to Us

9th – 12th-grade class:

https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop6/167778.shtml
Spirit of Life

For the week of July 13, 2020:

Poems and Readings for Inner Strength

I’m thankful there is no “going back to normal.”
Instead, we go forward with the slow, hard, beautiful, daily work of transformation.
(from the Unitarian Universalist Association staff)

Stories to share from UU curriculums and sources

Preschool (infant – 4K) class:
Available on Open Library
https://openlibrary.org
Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim

5K – 2nd grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/tales/session2/story1
The Wise Teacher’s Test

3rd – 5th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session6/161838.shtml
The Ant and the Grasshopper

6th – 8thh grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop3/171770.shtml
Peace Begins With Me

9th – 12th grade class:
https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop9/uu-racial-justice-timeline
Unitarian Universalist Racial Justice Timeline

For Week of June 18, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

“I Carry It with Me” from The Touch of 10,000 Words

Somewhere there is a place where I belong
Where an orchestra plays my favourite song
Butterflies gather and birds fly high
A beautiful place in a sun-lit sky
I wake and I wonder the land of the free
Where souls dance happy and the shore meets the sea
Mermaids chat and whisper the day
And Gods of hope are not far away
The place where I belong sits right in my hand
It lies in oceans blue and drifts of hot sand
I carry it with me, for my eyes to see
That the place I belong, sits within me

***

Social Justice

Global Oneness Project

https://mailchi.mp/globalonenessproject/awakin-call?e=71011e0d4a

Summer Stories and Movies for All Ages

The following list of books and movies all have an environmental focus. During the summer months, we try to focus upon our 7th Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part (adult version); We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us (child’s version).

The Lorax  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfO-3Oir-qM
Our Planet: One Planet (49 minutes)

Where the River Begins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BVW6eoe9bI
Animals Building Skills (50 minutes)

A River Ran Wild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqS35WMrCZg
Bizarre Animal Appearances (50 minutes)

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7667jwwX00
Desert Seas (46 minutes)

Animal Videos New!

Beavers https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/awesome-animals/#/393959491944

Eastern Gray Kangaroo https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/amazing-animals/#/455720515523

Music for All Ages

Music for our Earth

Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2595abcvh2M

Earth: Believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlVaAMsoM8

Love Song to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM

“Heal the World” — an incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

Music from our hymnal

“Room At the Table” (Carrie Newcomer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OM5bdQ4N4&list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=6&t=0s

“Let It Be a Dance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zv6dxVOn1A

“Gathered Here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4

“Come, Sing A Song With Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXzilOzFuw”

General Spiritual Resources

How Can Kids Practice Kindness From Home? https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v4000001726b26f5bfb42b9f6e966a31b0/2f534ddb-43fb-43ae-a8bd-36de28550687/HTML

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing

How Can Parents Help Their Kids Make Sense of This World?  https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v4000001728ffce47cb2f9906e965fd798/ba5742e9-42f0-4852-9e85-acfd55a37cc8/HTML

Books About Being a Good Neighbor, a Good Friend, and Showing Compassion to Others

These can be found at local libraries and at Open Library, for all different ages
Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten by Bob Graham
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press

Open Library

https://openlibrary.org/
This e-book library is more user-friendly than Libby, and has a larger selection of books.

Neither this source or Libby has any fees; you only need to sign up to use.

Libby

https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/
app for your phone
ebooks and audibles

https://libbyapp.com/welcome
for use in your web browser
ebooks and audibles

Highlights

https://view.e.highlights.com/?qs=1d0243444d4d483afcc292af1f6b4a2260716c5b1346993fac83fc359d79697eb85a2039b3669faa018fdbbf011c4cb8053447cb4dd1849673dca3e2482395c920bba13d45c29fa5da0bee4e601cd171
Being the Best BFF!

https://view.e.highlights.com/?qs=9f4c3775a3ef851855627d6506b49093581946367a86601edc4dc555c5a9ae27d8777df7e7288a6d574f9c775756423c5f56c0e88ab6321661bb0bc1a37de1052cb045c0afde8ad592d4de2407661f04
Scavenger hunts and other fun activities

https://secureus1.sgcpanel.com:2096/cpsess6545015891/webmail/Crystal/index.html?login=1&post_login=27073503668751
Here Comes the Sun—activities for all ages for the summer months

The Urban Monk

https://www.theurbanmonk.com/
Here are a few more fun family activities.

Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

5K – 2nd grade class:

The Everything Seed https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveguide/session1/everything-seed

3rd – 5th grade class:

Water Justice Tour https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/session15/230700.shtml

6th – 8th grade class:

The Dream https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop1/185618.shtml

9th – 12th grades:

The March at Selma https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/chorus/workshop3/173645.shtml

For Week of June 8, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

In This Place (An American Lyric)

by Amanda Gorman (first-ever National youth poet laureate)

There’s a poem in this place—
in the footfalls in the halls
in the quiet beat of the seats.
It is here, at the curtain of day,
where America writes a lyric
you must whisper to say.

There’s a poem in this place—
in the heavy grace,
the lined face of this noble building,
collections burned and reborn twice.

There’s a poem in Boston’s Copley Square
where protest chants
tear through the air
like sheets of rain,
where love of the many
swallows hatred of the few.

There’s a poem in Charlottesville
where tiki torches string a ring of flame
tight round the wrist of night
where men so white they gleam blue—
seem like statues
where men heap that long wax burning
ever higher
where Heather Heyer
blooms forever in a meadow of resistance.

There’s a poem in the great sleeping giant
of Lake Michigan, defiantly raising
its big blue head to Milwaukee and Chicago—
a poem begun long ago, blazed into frozen soil,
strutting upward and aglow.

There’s a poem in Florida, in East Texas
where streets swell into a nexus
of rivers, cows afloat like mottled buoys in the brown,
where courage is now so common
that 23-year-old Jesus Contreras rescues people from floodwaters.

There’s a poem in Los Angeles
yawning wide as the Pacific tide
where a single mother swelters
in a windowless classroom, teaching
black and brown students in Watts
to spell out their thoughts
so her daughter might write
this poem for you.

There’s a lyric in California
where thousands of students march for blocks,
undocumented and unafraid;
where my friend Rosa finds the power to blossom
in deadlock, her spirit the bedrock of her community.
She knows hope is like a stubborn
ship gripping a dock,
a truth: that you can’t stop a dreamer
or knock down a dream.

How could this not be her city
su nación
our country
our America,
our American lyric to write—
a poem by the people, the poor,
the Protestant, the Muslim, the Jew,
the native, the immigrant,
the black, the brown, the blind, the brave,
the undocumented and undeterred,
the woman, the man, the nonbinary,
the white, the trans,
the ally to all of the above
and more?

Tyrants fear the poet.
Now that we know it
we can’t blow it.
We owe it
to show it
not slow it
although it
hurts to sew it
when the world
skirts below it.

Hope—
we must bestow it
like a wick in the poet
so it can grow, lit,
bringing with it
stories to rewrite—
the story of a Texas city depleted but not defeated
a history written that need not be repeated
a nation composed but not yet completed.

There’s a poem in this place—
a poem in America
a poet in every American
who rewrites this nation, who tells
a story worthy of being told on this minnow of an earth
to breathe hope into a palimpsest of time—
a poet in every American
who sees that our poem penned
doesn’t mean our poem’s end.

There’s a place where this poem dwells—
it is here, it is now, in the yellow song of dawn’s bell
where we write an American lyric
we are just beginning to tell.

***

Social Justice

Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance is an excellent organization with many online resources to choose from related to issues of racism, LGBTQ rights, and many other social justice issues. The following link is specifically related to ways to teach your children and youth about the importance of why Black Lives Matter.
https://us15.campaign-archive.com/?u=a70584d3e4f0d3a97e412cdfe&id=e43cd0cbc0&e=b5eae8e1f4

Summer Stories and Movies for All Ages

The following list of books and movies all have an environmental focus. During the summer months, we try to focus upon our 7th Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part (adult version); We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us (child’s version).

The Lorax  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfO-3Oir-qM
Our Planet: One Planet (49 minutes)

Where the River Begins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BVW6eoe9bI
Animals Building Skills (50 minutes)

A River Ran Wild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqS35WMrCZg
Bizarre Animal Appearances (50 minutes)

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7667jwwX00
Desert Seas (46 minutes)

Animal Videos New!

Beavers https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/awesome-animals/#/393959491944

Eastern Gray Kangaroo https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/amazing-animals/#/455720515523

Music for All Ages

Music for our Earth

Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2595abcvh2M

Earth: Believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlVaAMsoM8

Love Song to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM

“Heal the World” — an incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

Music from our hymnal

“Room At the Table” (Carrie Newcomer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OM5bdQ4N4&list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=6&t=0s

“Let It Be a Dance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zv6dxVOn1A

“Gathered Here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4

“Come, Sing A Song With Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXzilOzFuw”

General Spiritual Resources

How Can Kids Practice Kindness From Home? https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v4000001726b26f5bfb42b9f6e966a31b0/2f534ddb-43fb-43ae-a8bd-36de28550687/HTML

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing

How Can Parents Help Their Kids Make Sense of This World?  https://email.nationalgeographic.com/H/2/v4000001728ffce47cb2f9906e965fd798/ba5742e9-42f0-4852-9e85-acfd55a37cc8/HTML

Books About Being a Good Neighbor, a Good Friend, and Showing Compassion to Others

These can be found at local libraries and at Open Library, for all different ages
Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten by Bob Graham
Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon
The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
Random Acts of Kindness by Conari Press

Open Library

https://openlibrary.org/
This e-book library is more user-friendly than Libby, and has a larger selection of books.

Neither this source or Libby has any fees; you only need to sign up to use.

Libby

https://www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/
app for your phone
ebooks and audibles

https://libbyapp.com/welcome
for use in your web browser
ebooks and audibles

Highlights

https://view.e.highlights.com/?qs=1d0243444d4d483afcc292af1f6b4a2260716c5b1346993fac83fc359d79697eb85a2039b3669faa018fdbbf011c4cb8053447cb4dd1849673dca3e2482395c920bba13d45c29fa5da0bee4e601cd171
Being the Best BFF!

https://view.e.highlights.com/?qs=9f4c3775a3ef851855627d6506b49093581946367a86601edc4dc555c5a9ae27d8777df7e7288a6d574f9c775756423c5f56c0e88ab6321661bb0bc1a37de1052cb045c0afde8ad592d4de2407661f04
Scavenger hunts and other fun activities

https://secureus1.sgcpanel.com:2096/cpsess6545015891/webmail/Crystal/index.html?login=1&post_login=27073503668751
Here Comes the Sun—activities for all ages for the summer months

The Urban Monk

https://www.theurbanmonk.com/
Here are a few more fun family activities.

Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

5K – 2nd grade class:

John L. Cashin, Witness for Justice https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session15/288119.shtml

3rd – 5th grade class:

Siding with Love https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/session12/standing-on-side-of-love

6th – 8th grade class:

The Village That Could https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop6/village-that-could

9th – 12th grades:

The Flower Festival https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop5/167738.shtml

 

For Week of June 1, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

I look at the world

by Langston Hughes

I look at the world
From awakening eyes in a black face—
And this is what I see:
This fenced-off narrow space
Assigned to me.

I look then at the silly walls
Through dark eyes in a dark face—
And this is what I know:
That all these walls oppression builds
Will have to go!

I look at my own body
With eyes no longer blind—
And I see that my own hands can make
The world that’s in my mind.
Then let us hurry, comrades,
The road to find.

Summer Stories and Movies for All Ages

The following list of books and movies all have an environmental focus. During the summer months we try to focus upon our 7th Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part (adult version); We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us (child’s version).

NEW: Beavers https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/awesome-animals/#/393959491944

NEW: Eastern Gray Kangaroo https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/amazing-animals/#/455720515523

The Lorax  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfO-3Oir-qM
Our Planet: One Planet (49 minutes)

Where the River Begins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BVW6eoe9bI
Animals Building Skills (50 minutes)

A River Ran Wild https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqS35WMrCZg
Bizarre Animal Appearances (50 minutes)

Brother Eagle, Sister Sky https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7667jwwX00
Desert Seas (46 minutes)

Music for All Ages

Music for our Earth

NEW: Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2595abcvh2M

Earth: Believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlVaAMsoM8

Love Song to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM

“Heal the World” — an incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

Music from our hymnal

NEW: “Room At the Table” (Carrie Newcomer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92OM5bdQ4N4&list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=6&t=0s

“Let It Be a Dance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zv6dxVOn1A

“Gathered Here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4

“Come, Sing A Song With Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlXzilOzFuw”

General Spiritual Resources

Pandemic (A Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar) A beautiful poem to listen to and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUnCgllgW0&feature=youtu.be

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-covid

Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

The Tiny Seed, by Eric Carle

5K – 2nd grade class:

Circles of Light  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session2/60017.shtml

3rd – 5th grade class:

Crossing the Finish Line Together  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session4/161765.shtml

6th – 8th grade class:

Kadijah, First Woman of Islam  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop14/khadijah

9th – 12th grades:

A Church Divided  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/virtueethics/workshop12/church-divided

For Week of May 25, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

Messages of Hope for the Cynical World  was read in this week’s meditation:

Messages of Hope for the Cynical World by James Autry

They arise from chalk on city sidewalks,
from voices rising in song from balconies
creating impromptu choirs.
From westerners who venture outside
and howl at the moon with the coyotes.
From the syncopated city rhythms
surging from improvised drums.

All expressions of life and unity,
All affirmations of our need for one another,
All ways of saying stay well,
Instead of saying goodbye.

Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

5K – 2nd grade class:

A Tour of the Heavens https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session9/132495.shtml

3rd – 5th grade class:

Anansi and the Pot of Wisdom https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/grace/session5/Anansi

6th – 8th grade class:

A Repair Job https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop22/189836.shtml

9th – 12th grades:

Ancestral Tree  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop3/tree

For Week of May 18, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

Insha’Allah was read in this week’s meditation:

Insha’Allah by Danusha Laméris (2014)

I don’t know when it slipped into my speech
that soft word meaning, “if God wills it.”
Insha’Allah I will see you next summer.
The baby will come in spring, insha’Allah.
Insha’Allah this year we will have enough rain.

So many plans I’ve laid have unravelled
easily as braids beneath my mother’s quick fingers.

Every language must have a word for this. A word
our grandmothers uttered under their breath
as they pinned the whites, soaked in lemon,
hung them to dry in the sun, or peeled potatoes,
dropping the discarded skins into a bowl.

Our sons will return next month, insha’Allah.
Insha’Allah this war will end, soon. Insha’Allah
the rice will be enough to last through winter.

How lightly we learn to hold hope,
as if it were an animal that could turn around
and bite your hand. And still we carry it
the way a mother would, carefully,
from one day to the next.


Music for All Ages

Music for our Earth

Earth: Believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZlVaAMsoM8

Love Song to the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSnOXbaXzfM

“Heal the World” — an incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

General Spiritual Resources

Pandemic (A Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar) A beautiful poem to listen to and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUnCgllgW0&feature=youtu.be

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-covid

Stories to share from UU curriculums

Preschool (Infant – 4K) class:

Available on Open Library (noted above) https://openlibrary.org

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
How to Heal A Broken Wing by Bob Graham

5K – 2nd grade class:

Amrita’s Tree https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session3/amritas-tree

3rd – 5th grade class:

Arjuna’s Service to His People https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/windows/session10/143737.shtml

6th – 8th grade class:

God Is….. https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session4/157118.shtml

9th – 12th grades:

How A Young Interfaith Leader Spread the News https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/chorus/workshop6/173773.shtml

For Week of May 11, 2020:

Poetry and Readings for Inner Strength

The Oak Tree was read in this week’s meditation, and several folks have asked for it.

The Oak Tree, by Johnny Ray Ryder

A might wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree’s leaves away
Then snapped its boughs
and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke,
“How can you still be standing, Oak?”

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two,
Carry every leaf away,
Shake my limbs and make me sway.

But I have roots stretched in the earth,
Growing stronger since my birth.
You’ll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn’t sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I’ve found, with thanks to you,
I’m stronger than I ever knew.

Music for All Ages

“Heal the World” —incredible tribute to amazing child musicians https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6d6Yo3DwVI

“What A Wonderful World” (Playing for Change)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddLd0QRf7Vg&list=PLRkrENeBR1TnOeS8F9nu7cvi1gVQ5sZUQ&index=13

General Spiritual Resources

Pandemic (A Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar) A beautiful poem to listen to and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUnCgllgW0&feature=youtu.be

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-covid

Stories to share from UU curriculums

4K/5K class:

Brave Enough https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/lovesurrounds/session15/brave-enough

1st/2nd grade class:

Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/lovesurrounds/session16/angel

3rd/4th grade class:

A Different Kind of Superhero:  Christopher Reeve https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session3/132246.shtml

5th/6th grade class:

Building a Beacon https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/session8/229995.shtml

7th – 9th grades:

A Circle of Forgiveness https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/call/workshop11/173114.shtml

10th – 12th grades:

The Pride Rainbow Project https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop4/167692.shtml

For Week of May 4, 2020:

General Spiritual Resources

Pandemic (A Poem by Rev. Lynn Ungar) A beautiful poem to listen to and share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NUnCgllgW0&feature=youtu.be

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-covid

Music for All Ages

“Rainbow Connection” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS5fTzMP_mg

“Come, Come, Whoever You Are” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QTB1AgVpZM&list=PL_H2KQ27RNbusYdLeYaN4PQdMdyf8btR6&index=16

Stories to share from UU curriculums

4K/5K class: Enough Stuff https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session14/enough-stuff; A Penguin Family https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session10/60097.shtml

1st/2nd grade class: The Worker Bee, the Drone, and the Wasp https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session3/aesop; A Caterpillar Grows Up  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/wonder/session6/276528.shtml

3rd/4th grade class: Learning by Heart https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session6/learning-by-heart

5th/6th grade class: A Sea of Pink https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/sing/session9/sea-of-pink

7th – 9th grades: Hearts, Heads, and Hands https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop18/hearts-heads-hands

10th – 12th grades: Religious Identity in A Diverse World https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/wholeness/workshop11/167998.shtml

April 24, 2020

General Spiritual Resources

https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/inclusive-america-project-response-resources-to-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Parenting In A Time of Social Distancing, from the UUA

https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/parents-covid

Music for All Ages

“This Little Light of Mine” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKkbIZtqhyQ

“Sing When the Spirit Says Sing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfDNP6SV21A

“Try A Little Kindness” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4

Stories to share from UU curriculums

4K/5K class: The Magic Vase https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/home/session1/60015.shtml

1st/2nd grade class: Abby’s Birthday https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/signs/session1/287517.shtml

3rd/4th grade class: The Treehouse Rules https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/loveconnects/session16/162186.shtml

5th/6th grade class: Gandhi’s Truth https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/riddle/session10/gandhis-truth

7th – 9th grades: A Cup of Tea https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop8/184231.shtml

10th – 12th grades: A Chorus of Faith https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/chorus/workshop1/chorus-of-faith


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