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Jesus and the Loaves and Fishes

The popularity of this story is evident by the number of organizations named Loaves and Fishes, including a food pantry in Charlotte, NC and a Meals on Wheels for seniors in Portland, OR. This session includes the version of this story from the Book of Mark in Christian scripture. Read other versions in Matthew 14:13-21, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15.

This session also provides a version from Jesus, The Carpenter's Son (Boston: Beacon Press, 1945), Sophia Lyon Fahs' retelling of the life of Jesus, through a Unitarian lens. Read the entire book on the Google Books website.


This Psychology Today blogpost, Sharing Among Children, by Daniel R. Hawes analyzes results from a small experiment with children on sharing. Hawes describes two distinct steps in the sharing process—deciding whether or not to share and then deciding how much to share—and affirms that children share more as they age or, as the article states, learn more "prosocial behavior" as they get older.


Search the UUA's WorshipWeb for chalice lightings, readings, and sermons for flower, water, and bread communions.

Norbert Capek, a Unitarian minister in Czechoslovakia, created the Flower Communion, and his wife, Maya, introduced it to the United States. Read about flower ceremony on the UUA website or a short biography of Norbert Capek in the online Dictionary of Unitarian Universalist Biography. A Tapestry of Faith workshop in the curriculum for youth A Place of Wholeness, also explores the flower ceremony and its theme of hope.


A Child's Book of Blessings and Prayers, by Eliza Blanchard (Boston: Skinner House, 2008) includes graces for meals, as does the UUA pamphlet, Family Prayers, by Irene Praeger.

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