Families are the primary influences on the faith and moral development of their children. As a program leader, you take on a special role: supporting families in your faith community to shape their children's Unitarian Universalist faith and moral development. By involving parents in the Moral Tales program, you can deepen the moral and spiritual experience for children and their families, preparing and encouraging them to work together for goodness and justice.
Each session offers Taking It Home resources including conversation topics and other ways for families to extend the session at home. These may include a family game, a family ritual, or links to informative and/or interactive websites. Exploring the session topics further at home will allow children and parents to practice the skills, personalize the concepts, and make connections among congregational life, home and family life, and life's daily challenges. Through these experiences, families deepen their experience of Unitarian Universalism. Adapt each session's Taking It Home section to reflect the activities the group will have engaged in and, if you like, to help families prepare for sessions yet to come. If you have an email address for each family, you may wish to provide Taking It Home as a group email, either before or immediately after the session. Or, you can print, photocopy, and distribute Taking It Home at the session's closing.
Invite families into your sessions. Adult or teen volunteers can be extremely helpful when you implement arts-and-crafts activities. Parents who bring musicianship, storytelling, or artistic skills into your sessions will help foster participants' sense of connection between their family and their religious education experience. The Faith in Action activities for each session offer ideal opportunities to engage parents and other congregants. Find out who can enrich your long-term Faith in Action activities with their personal interests, professional networks, or simply their time.
The leader/parent relationship is very important and must be both welcoming and reassuring. When parents bring their children to experience Unitarian Universalist religious education, they need to feel confidence not only in the safety and enjoyment you will provide, but also in your faith leadership. Strong partnerships can foster parents' commitment to becoming strong faith leaders in their own families. As a leader, you can support and inspire parents to bring intentionality and excitement to their role in their children's faith and moral development.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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