Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Signs of Our Faith: A Program about Being UU Every Day for Grades 2-3

Taking It Home: Our Faith Is a Journey

What is religion, you might ask. It's a technology of living. — Toni Cade Bambara, 20th-century African American author and activist

IN TODAY'S SESSION... we said that, as UUs, we are in a lifelong process of building our faith. We talked about learning together, asking big questions together, and sharing companionship as ways our life in a UU community supports the faith journeys of every member. The children learned that a UU group covenant consists of promises we make each other, based in UU Principles, and that a group covenant is both a tool and a grounding for supporting one another's faith journeys.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... How aware are family members of ways Unitarian Universalism supports their faith-building efforts? Go around the group. Ask each person to name an activity or a relationship they have enjoyed at your congregation or in their Unitarian Universalist practice. Then, help one another articulate how that activity or the relationship has supported the individual to pursue their own journey in UU faith.

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER: Try... creating a covenant for family meetings or family decision-making. Ask your child to suggest promises that the Signs of Our Faith group included in its covenant. Can these promises be part of your family covenant? Talk about how making a promise to act respectfully toward one another is a step in a UU faith journey.

Family Game. In this session, the children generated a list of big, theological questions. They learned that Unitarian Universalism supports them to keep on asking, to share their questions with others, and to use a variety of Sources including science, the wisdom of the ages, and their own experiences to forge a path toward their own answers. See how many big questions you can generate together about life, its meaning, and how to live it.

Family Discovery. Explore the world of snowflakes by taking this Snowflake Safari. Don't have enough snow to go looking for snowflake designs? Create your own online at A Kid's Heart, a Christian game site.