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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
— Nigerian proverb
People are social animals, and relating to others affirms both our and others' inherent dignity and self-worth. This session introduces the intangible gift of friendship and gives participants ways to show they appreciate their friends. The children learn that having friends and being a friend are an important part of who we are.
This session will:
- Introduce friendship as an intangible gift
- Explore the value of having and appreciating friends
- Show how being a good friend helps us live our Unitarian Universalist Principles, especially the first Principle (inherent worth and dignity of every person)
- Engage participants in the spiritual practices of opening and closing rituals.
- Identify what they like about their friends
- Learn some ways to express appreciation of friends
- Reflect on the value of friends through a story about how the Native American character, Coyote, learns to value his friends
- Learn and sing a song about friendship.