Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • Parenting with Heartbreak

    UU religious educator Rayla Mattson, a Black mother of three, turns her UU faith and full heart toward her children: how to raise them and to be with them in pandemic, trauma around race, and, perhaps, hope.
    By Rayla D. Mattson | 6/22/2020
  • Big-Question Poems to Grow Young Spirits

    How do we help young children grow in faith? The answer can be curriculum, a discussion, or an experience. Whatever conduit we use will only help children grow in spirituality if it engages the heart of the family.
    By Christy Olson | 5/2/2017
  • Signs of Resistance, January 2017

    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Faith Development Office | 2/7/2017
  • Where Do #WokeBabies Come From?

    The weekend of the Inauguration, millions took to the streets in cities all over this nation and all over the world. It was a show of resistance to the looming threat of tyranny. We needed to reassure ourselves that this country’s great experiment in democracy has a fighting...
    By Marisol Caballero | 1/31/2017
  • A Love of Learning and a Social Hall: Where UUism and Homeschoolers Meet

    I’m going to preach to the choir here for a minute. We have excellent—truly, truly excellent—faith development models, curricula, and resources. The content is rich, fun, and edifying. The pedagogy is progressive and engaging. And the philosophy is grounded in the best of child...
    By Teresa Honey Youngblood | 9/22/2016
  • ”Back to Normal” Makes an Argument for Shedding Labels

    When one of my children was five years old, they entered kindergarten. The child we entrusted to the school was a high energy, affectionate, interesting kid. A kid who “bounced,” just like A. A. Milne’s Tigger in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories. A kid not always aware of their...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 4/5/2016
  • A is for Africa: Using African-centric Material with Preschoolers

    By Andrea Arrington As a professor of African history, one of the first things I do with my classes is assess what they know—or think they know—about Africa. We discuss images in mainstream Western media and pop culture and identify problems in those presentations of Africa and...
  • Hand in Glove: UU Faith Development and Teaching Tolerance

    I recently had a fantastic opportunity to attend a Teaching Tolerance workshop on their new Perspectives for a Diverse America (free) curriculum. Teaching Tolerance was founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center to help reduce prejudice, improve intergroup relations, and...
    By Pat Kahn | 9/12/2015
  • Bedtime Stories

    As parents and caregivers, we sometimes have to hold difficult conversations with children. I have had a few of those while raising my daughter. One that I will never forget happened in January, 1998. My daughter was seven and a serious book lover. Though she could read for...
    By Jessica York | 8/18/2015
  • Talking About Race: Start the Conversation

    I have found that many Unitarian Universalist parents are very proud of how open and honest they are when they talk to their children. However, the eagerness for clear and explicit conversation comes to a screeching halt with regard to race. No, not for every parent, but for an...
    By Aisha Hauser | 2/19/2015
  • Teaching About Ferguson: Not "Optional" for White People

    [Editor's Update, Nov. 18, 2014—As the nation awaits a Grand Jury decision on whether Office Darren Wilson will be indicted for shooting Michael Brown, many UUs are preparing to respond to the decision by "showing up" in a faithful way. The Ferguson Response Team of the UU New...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 9/30/2014
  • Unitarian Universalism: Now Serving 31 Kinds of Families

    Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. —Rumi By Karen Bellavance-Grace Thirty-one. Not Baskin Robbins flavors. Not Heinz varieties. Not even the number of Sources of Unitarian Universalism. That number represents our...
  • Resources for Families...So Faith Can Grow, Part II

  • Resources for Families: Enriching the Ground So Faith Can Grow

    The family is a huge factor in a child's faith development. Reverend Makanah Morris has likened family life to a ground in which seeds of a child's faith are planted. She writes, "The seeds are planted in the early environment, but the ground can also be prepared for spreading...
    By Pat Kahn | 4/18/2014
  • 30 Powerful, Family-Friendly Ways to Love

    Many parents and educators would say “love” is the most important value to demonstrate and to teach the children in our care. Some of us might say "justice." The annual 30 Days of Love campaign from Standing on the Side of Love , which closes next week, offers reflections and...
    By Susan Lawrence | 2/12/2014
  • UUs, Religious Education, and the Bible

    By Pat Kahn | 11/5/2013
  • Teaching All of Our Children

    by Sally Patton See me beautiful each and every day. Could you take a chance? Could you find a way to see me shining through In every thing I do, And see me beautiful. — lyrics by Red Grammer, from the “Teaching Peace” CD When I started the Involve Project over 14 years ago, I...
  • The Mom in the Mirror

    [This post appears by courtesy of the 2013 Mama's Day Our Way campaign of Strong Families , a national initiative for policy and culture change in support of all families, for which the post was originally written. -- Editor] In January 1990, after giving birth to my one and...
    By Jessica York | 5/12/2013

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