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Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, "What! You too? I thought I was the only one." — C.S. Lewis, British novelist

IN TODAY'S SESSION... The children heard a poem about a young boy talking to his Dad. The child has a new boy in his class and is uncertain about the new child's attempt at friendship. The poem opens discussion about the first Principle and illustrates a family discussion about looking for ways we are alike in order to celebrate that each person is unique and important.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about...

  • How does it feel to be teased by someone?
  • What are some ways all people are alike?
  • How can we tell others they are important to us?

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try...

A Family Adventure. Visit a restaurant that serves ethnic food. As you eat, identify similar ingredients that are put together in new ways. For instance, pulled beef can be in tacos, barbequed beef sandwiches, or beef and broccoli. Ingredients are the same and put together differently, just like people. Each person is important to the whole group.

Family Discovery. Visit the Teaching Tolerance website to learn about tolerance and the importance of each person; find stories, games, and new information for your family to explore.

Books on friendship include Nikki and Deja: Birthday Blues by Karen English (Sandpiper, 2010), Milo Armadillo by Jan Fearnley (Candlewick, 2009), and How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Krasny Brown (Brown Young Readers, 2001).

A Family Ritual. Light a candle at dinner. As you light the candle repeat the UU Principles together as a family:

We believe each and every person is important.

We believe all people should be treated fairly.

In our congregations (and family), all people are accepted and we learn together.

We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life.

Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them.

We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

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