Learning to live with what you're born with/is the process,/the involvement./the making of a life. — Diane Wakoski, American poet and essayist, in The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems

This session focuses on the fourth Unitarian Universalist Source, expressed in children's language as "Jewish and Christian teachings which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves." The story from Hebrew scripture of Jacob and Rachel meeting for the first time highlights the importance of questioning gender stereotypes and of experiencing and showing emotions. Participants engage in dress-up and role playing to encourage discussion about gender issues. They explore how they communicate their feelings and how they understand the feelings of others.

Goals

This session will:

  • Explore Jewish teachings "which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves," part of the fourth Source of Unitarian Universalism, through a story from Hebrew scripture
  • Build awareness of gender bias and how it can harm everyone
  • Challenge gender bias, in age-appropriate ways
  • Develop participants' ability to express their emotions
  • Develop participants' empathy.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Experience the fourth Source of Unitarian Universalism, "Jewish and Christian teachings which tell us to love all other as we love ourselves," through a story from Hebrew scripture
  • Understand that Unitarian Universalists believe we should accept everyone as we would want to be accepted, regardless of how someone's behavior matches the gender we perceive them to be
  • Explore gender roles and stereotypes in an age-appropriate manner
  • Build emotional self-awareness, emotional expression, and empathy.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.