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Introduction

Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk? — Alice Walker, author, from The Color Purple

After several workshops spent learning about trees—how they are structured, what they contribute to life on our planet—this workshops moves into a more expressive and spiritual appreciation for these providers of life.

Goals

This workshop will:

  • Encourage personal expressions of gratitude for trees
  • Explore the poetic and artistic inspiration that trees and nature provide
  • Reinforce the concept of interdependence as expressed in the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part"
  • Affirm that stewardship of the earth is an explicit act of faith.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Express a deeper connection to trees by sharing personal feelings of gratitude and inspiration
  • Create a poem or drawing expressing gratitude to trees
  • Build on their understanding of and respect for trees through multiple modes of learning, including movement, meditation, and song
  • Experience multigenerational learning.

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For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.