Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Taking It Home: The Power of Earth

Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. — Rachel Carson, 20th-century environmental activist

IN TODAY'S SESSION... the children heard an Australian Aboriginal story of the creation of the world from the dreamtime. We introduced the idea that the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—represent different kinds of power that each of us can use to make the world a better place.

We explored the earth power of connection by interviewing one another and identifying the many ways we are connected.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about the various ways members of your family are connected. What interests do you have in common? What friends do you have in common? How are you all connected to your neighborhood, your congregation, your city, and your country?

EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. How are you connected to the earth? As a family, spend time on an earth-based activity: Pull weeds in a garden, plant herbs in pots, dig for worms, or build a sand castle.

FAMILY RITUAL. When Moses encounters God in the form of a burning bush, God tells him: "Take off your shoes, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." Invite your family into a sacred moment by taking off your shoes and feeling the ground under your feet. Imagine that your feet are growing roots, spreading out under the earth. Imagine that your roots entangle with the roots of the trees and plants around you, joining you in an underground web of connection. End your ritual by thanking the earth for holding you and the plants for supporting you.