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Taking It Home, Session 7: We Share

In "Signs of Our Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program

We are here that we might have life

and have it more abundantly,

so that we might share it with others.

Come, let us join together

as a generous people. — John. C. Morgan

IN TODAY'S SESSION... we explored sharing as a way to be UU every day. We talked about UU flower, water, and bread communion rituals. We heard a story from Christian scripture about Jesus helping a crowd share loaves and fishes. We role-played good ways to share and learned hymns and a grace about sharing.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... how does your UU faith calls you to share? Does it affect decisions about whom you share with? Does it affect decisions about what and how much you share?

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Take the time to notice and name sharing when you see family members doing it. Young children especially need praise and encouragement to continue sharing.

Family Discovery. How does your family share with the wider community and the world? Perhaps the adults write checks to various organizations they support. Do the children know about this? Who in the family volunteers to do community service? Is any student a reading buddy who shares their knowledge of reading and their time with other students? Keep track of the ways all family members share and what they share. Remind yourselves that your family shares and is generous as part of your UU faith.

Family Game. We practice sharing at home when we take turns playing a game, enjoying a privilege, or doing a chore. Find ways to make everyday activities more fun by sharing. Think about chores. Is it possible to share chores and have more fun? Instead of one person doing the dishes, share the job: One person washes, one dries, and one puts away. If sweeping, one person handles the broom and another the dustpan. Sing or play music while working and take turns choosing the songs.

Family Ritual. Some families start their Thanksgiving meal by sharing what they are thankful for. Try this kind of sharing at meal times. What if, once a week, everyone shared about a new topic? One week you share your favorite food. Another week you share your favorite fairy tale. A different week you share your favorite family vacation memory.

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Last updated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013.

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